A task force has been assigned to assemble recommendations for the makeover of the bid process for any outside services offered to the State of Mississippi penal system. This decision was made after the indictment of former Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps on charges of federal corruption. Epps, would offer his business partner Cecil McCrory no bid contracts for businesses with his name affiliated. In 2007, Epps offered a no bid contract to McCrory’s direct business G.T. Enterprises, which held this contract for the next seven years, even after Centric Group, Keefe Groups parent company, bought the business.
Keefe Group has been running a monopoly on commissary services across the country for many years. Family members of inmates have sent in complaints to the company about the higher than average price of items bought through Keefe Group. The task force in Mississippi will be making the process of competitive bidding harder for the Keefe Group to obtain a monopoly.
The task force is recommending the following guidelines:
IC Solutions is a company where the customer truly never knows what is around the corner or how the company is going to react. It is truly a guessing game, and it is a game that the people that use IC Solutions are not finding very funny, at all. It is because they are dealing with delicate inmates that need human connection and interaction. There is a reason why people wish to avoid prison and why it is portrayed so poorly in movies. You don’t need to step foot in there to know it is not a place that people have on their bucket list. I’m scared to even step foot in a prison, and I never have and I never will.For someone that is perhaps a child or a young adult, I can only imagine the fear that is in their hearts and how scared they feel each and every single second.
They don’t know if someone is going to kill them, beat them up, or abuse them. They don’t have mom or dad to protect them while in prison, which only adds to the fear factor of prison. That is why if the phone call actually goes through, people are relived. It is truly up for debate and hard to predict.In this case,it did not go through for a parent that was attempting to reach their child. The child is scared and the mom is worried sick. Please tell me, who wins in this situation? The answer is clear: no one. Actually, let me correct that: IC Solutions wins, although they have won enough for my liking. They don’t need to win anymore at the expense of these poor people. They need to rectify the situation right this instant before this child is scarred for life. Read full article : http://icsolutions.pissedconsumer.com/state/arizona.html
Keefe Food Group is one of the most corrupt companies working for our inmate families in the United States. For the past two decades, the inmate members have experienced brutality concerning the inflated prices for commodities that should otherwise be cheap. Keefe Food Group was entitled to sell food products, snacks, and other personal items for inmates in most of the inmate facilities in the United States. While there are many other companies out there that are more than capable of outdoing Keefe Food Group in business in the inmate industry, it is surprising that the company keeps on securing these crediting. This is the reason why we must fight the corruption deals experienced by our brothers and sisters in prison.
Keefe Food Group has engaged in issuing pay backs to prison officials for the no-bid contracts that are always awarded for them. For the longest time possible, the company has outdone many competitors seeking to supply food and other products in the industry because they are not willing to give as much as they give to the prison officials who sign their contracts. Keefe Food Group, according to a recent statistics of companies supplying products and food stuff to the inmate facilities, covers more than 50 prison setups in the United States and other parts of Canada.
The abuse and corruption experienced by inmate members should not be seen as a small entity. However, we should view it as a challenge that needs to be addressed with an immediate effect. If the situation is left unturned, prisons will never be a place for correction. However, it will be a new place for turning criminals into super criminals. Criminals who rob other criminals is one of the forms of disorder we are about to face as a result of Keefe Food Group. For this reason, we need to unite as the general masses and vote this company out of business. For those who have been in the prison doors, they understand what it takes to be an inmate. Keefe Food Group, as well as other companies in the industry, work by exaggerating prices that most inmates cannot afford to stay in prison.https://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/Keefe-Group-Reviews-E831315.htm
New York State is known as one of the most progressive states in the country. Say what you will about liberal politics, but one thing is very clearly working in the state of New York — crime rates are going down.
One of the reasons for this is the regulation of the telephone industry when it concerns prisons. It is a fairly overlooked and mundane thing to regulate, but the regulation has had a measurable effect on crime rates. Studies show that prisoners who stay connected to the outside world are less likely commit more crimes in the future.
So what is standing in their way? A company called Global Tel Link is making it very difficult for prisoners around the country to call their friends and families. This company somehow wedges itself in between the prisoner and the prisoner’s loved ones. It does this by securing a monopoly through a government contract to become the sole telephone services provider to a prison.
That’s when the price gouging begins. Global Tel Link begins to charge the prisoners and their families and exorbitant rate for the telephone calls themselves. There is also a menu of hidden fees that can all wrack up to hundreds of dollars per month. These fees can be absolutely ridiculous such as the fee to deposit money into an account to pay for telephone calls. That fee can be $6.95 per transaction.
This can all add up to hundreds of dollars per month and that cost is put on a very vulnerable population. The exorbitant cost can also be prohibitive which limits the amount of contact a prisoner has with his or her family. This drives up crime rates.
Telmate is a telecommunications company that serves jails and prisons. Just like all of the other prison telecommunications companies, it charges through-the-roof costs for phone calls between detention centers and the outside world. The charges and rates per minute really vary per state and locale. In an article online, the rates per minute and surcharges are shown for a variety of companies. Unfortunately, the prices that Telmate sets are not disclosed. Fortunately, we can get an idea of how much they might charge by looking at the prices that other phone companies charge. For the other phone companies, the surcharge per call can range from $3.95 to $4.99. This is the amount that is automatically charged just for making a call. For the other companies, the rates per minute are set at around $0.89 a minute. Just to upload money to pay phone calls with, people are charged fees. If you want to upload money online, Telmate will charge you $5.00 plus 30.5%. Over the phone, Telmate will charge you about $8.00. If you want your money to be refunded, Telmate will charge you $10.00. In order to hold the money of customers, fees are regularly charged. Telmate charges a monthly fee of $2.95 a month for that purpose. There are a bunch of confusing fees that have official sounding names alluding to government requirements, but are actually unnecessary and seemingly fraudulent.
Securus, another prison telecommunications company accused Telmate of telling lies in order to lure customers away. However, one must be weary when hearing these accusations, because prison telecommunications companies are all at odds with each other. Securus also accused Global tel-Link, another big telecommunications company, of telling lies and attempting to lure away customers. All of these companies are constantly competing against each other and bickering with each other, though to the common man it doesn’t really matter. In the end, all of these companies charge way too much for phone calls. Does it really matter whether the average person goes into debt from one when he or she is going to also go in debt from others?
The Federal Communication Commission has for years tried to control the prices of the often out of control costs of the Inmate Calling Services Industry. In 2015, the FCC paced rate caps on all inmate in state and out of state calls. This was a move that infuriated a lot of both communications providers and prisons being provided the services. Loudest of the voices in protest was communications giant, Global Tel-Link. They say that this kind of rash decision by the commission actually just puts into jeopardy a much-needed service.
They say that if the cuts don’t mean the complete end to the services, at best they will mean a much lower quality of those services. GTL has in the recent past made a name for itself by providing cutting edge technologies at the absolute minimum of prices. They have also earned a good reputation as a company that works with its customers to the end of low prices. FCC’s crusade to cap prices may end all of that. GTL says they were working closely with FCC to reach a satisfactory pricing police by the institution jumped the gun and made some very unwise pricing-related decisions.
GTL is the leader in the communications industry in the areas of correctional technology, education, and government payment services. They are especially committed to their inmate communications, providing such services for 82% of the country’s prisoners. This includes 32 state departments of corrections, Puerto Rico, and Washington D.C. GTL maintains a headquarters in Reston, Virginia and many offices throughout the country. It was honored to be the world’s first web-based inmate telephone company.
It is today considered so good by the prison facility world that it is usually the first company consulted when a facility begins implementing a new form of technology. Although it has a good standing as the top in its industry, it is still pushing forward and upward and appears not to be slowing down in this progression.
During this past year, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding Donald Trump’s candidacy. As a result, through the mouths, protests and keyboards of social justice warriors, as well as the media, certain topics and opinions have been discussed. The problems of racism, sexism and intolerance towards LGBTQ people have been addressed. Discussions have been made, and the law and how society operates has been affected by these discussions. There have been some pretty reasonable discussions about intolerance and discrimination. However, many liberal discussions have been more one-sided, draconian and discriminatory in their own way. Other discussions are just very vague and opinionated, and really veer more on the side of complaining. Now it is at a point where people are just bickering with each other, and stirring up hatred. People on both sides of the political spectrum are treating their petty, one sided opinions like things that are really serious. What is the solution to all of these petty arguments? There is no solution! Everybody is right and everybody is wrong.
Instead of chasing their tails, why don’t people focus on more clear-cut issues, instead of getting complainant and violent over philosophical issues that there can never be solutions to? If you don’t understand how ridiculous it is, imagine people fighting over the answer to whether a tree makes a sound when it falls in a forest with no one around. “It does make a sound!” one says. “No, it doesn’t make a sound!” the other one says. “It does! I don’t like your opinion so I am just going to spray pepper spray in your face, right now!” That is how crazy things are.
A more clear cut issue that should be focused on is how Global Tel Link, as well as politicians, jails, corporations and politicians, are maneuvering the system to get more profits, at the cost of inmates and their families. Phone calls to detention centers cost so much money. If you don’t understand how bad it is, just imagine going through Global Tel-Link to make a phone call, and having to pay $17 for a 15 minute phone call, plus extra flat fees.
Prisons are meant to reform people not to churn out hardcore criminals or repeat offenders. The idea of reforming inmates and make sure that they do not go back to the life of crime after they have been released out of prison is the key goal of Telmate.
Through innovative technologies, the security and control of inmates is enhanced as well as keeping both the inmates and the communities outside safe.
Telmate has interests of all the stakeholders at heart. The inmate’s communication with the outside world is greatly encouraged, and access to content that is beneficial to them is granted. The staff at the correctional facilities are supported through various programs like Telmate Cares, Telmate Heroes, and Telmate Fallen Heroes.
Also in connecting the inmates with the outside world, Telmate has a getting out service through which you can have access to various types of phone calls.
Sending money to your loved ones has never been easier using getting out which is powered by Telmate. You can send money to the inmates in which they are free to spend at will or you can restrict them in providing only a specified phone number that they can make a call to. This comes in handy when you want to limit the spending of a loved one while in prison. It makes him or her responsible which would be useful when he has served his sentence.
Telmate has also been wonderful in making sure inmates do not miss important dates like birthdays, weddings and other ceremonies through video chats. Normally, physical visits to correctional facilities always have a limited time and a limited number of people who can pay a visit at a time but through video calls, Telmate makes sure that you can always see your loved one at the click of a button.
You can also set up a video visit through your computer. When your loved one confirms your request for a video visit, then you can log in and talk to them in the comfort of your home. This does not only save money, but it also makes the inmates experience the home atmosphere through the video chat something that would not have been possible through a physical visit to the correctional facility.
An Alabama woman is having serious difficulties with Global Tel Link. She has been dealing with the company for eighteen months so she can talk to an inmate in prison. The representatives of the company have put her down and preached to her and she has been placed on hold for as long as two hours. She finally spoke to a representative who gave her a number for the office in Alabama only to discover it was an automated waiting system. Learn more about GTL on action.aclu.org
She has been forced to pay fees for overages she does not believe existed. She keeps a log of all her calls and the length of time she was on the phone. Global Tel Link simply tells her she is wrong and will not review her log. At one point in time she was blocked for an excessively high volume of calls. She is always told she is the one at fault. She feels Global Tel Link is a scammer and a joke and that they know exactly what they are doing. She believes their customers are entitled to a handbook with their rules because all of the representatives tell her something different. Watch this video on youtube.com
She has been told to call the Alabama office numerous times but says all she gets is an incredibly nasty attitude from their supervisors. She even had a woman who started preaching to her about God and told her she would be punished for not following the regulations in her life. The speech she gave to the representative was priceless and she should receive an award. She believes either action is required against Global Tel Link or she should be given the right to use a different company. She has been charged for calls that never went through, insulted and ripped off. Her hands are also tied because there is no other company authorized for inmate calls at her loved ones institution.
I know how hard it is to have someone you know go to jail. A good friend of mine when to jail when we were still in college; I have lost contact with her because of the insanely high prices of phone calls from jail. I cannot believe how much they charge. However, I have to wonder if this is for a good cause. Visit Bloomberg to know more about GTL.
Lately, Global Tel Link – one of the biggest providers of telephone services to the inmate community – has decided to fight the FCC on a new ruling. The FCC has ruled that they will impose caps on the rate that companies can charge inmates on the calls they make to other states and internationally.
Global Tel Link is concerned – as am I – that this will leave inmates without adequate telephone service. While I’m also concerned about price, I know that good technology takes a while to come to a good price for everyone; I mean, look at the iPhones and cell phone coverage in general. It still costs an arm and a leg. Prison calls cost two arms and a leg if you want quality calls for a long time. Watch this video on youtube.com
The biggest concern I have is shared with Global Tel Link. They worry that the caps will prevent prisoners from getting quality service. Many could be left without any service at all in their prison system. Why should our prisoners be deprived of phone calls for a low price? Shouldn’t some money go to subsidizing that cost for them? Or are we still considering our prisoners to be lesser than the rest of society?