Keefe Food Group is a correctional institution and has been offering its services to prisons in Florida since the year 1975. Keefe Food Group is a subsidiary of Centric Group LLC. They provide correctional products such as instant coffee and a variety of drinks packaged in different ways excluding metal packaging due to security threats. Apparently, the company has been operating as a monopoly and have been reported to engage in corrupt activities. These include the lucrative contracts earned across the state and the entire federal system. The abuses subjected to prisoners and other corrupt activities by this conglomerate are known by many people particularly those who are attached to the system. The awful practices committed by this company under imperialism do not only affect the Prison Industrial Complex but other areas as well. Meaning, by going against the activities of this company or its parent company in the concentration camps can bring about a direct cross-appeal to the people who are fighting Wall Street predators in different markets. Visit The Dispatch to know more about Keefe Group.
Citizens in the areas affected were requested to prepare a list of all the commissary prices in prison together with any lawsuit or any documented report of abuse by Keefe Food Group. If the prisoners were able to terminate the ill practices carried out by Keefe Food Group in any of the state systems, details are required to know how termination was achieved. MIM (Prisons) were also requested to provide information about Keefe Group in their county and federal prisons. They gave an account on the same whereby they said that they were ready to collect information about the companies that are benefiting from prisoners’ oppression and Keefe Group is among them. They said that after collecting the information, they intended to launch a battle against these companies. From their findings, this is not an easy task because whatever is happening in this problem is similar to capitalism. Meaning that those who are not oppressed by the way the system is operating have their own financial interests and as long as they are benefiting from this oppression they might never go against it. Unfortunately for the prisoners, the people in the imperialist countries might not be willing to ally with them, and thus they will continue supporting the corrupt system. Read more news on tampabay.com.
I was startled to realize the amount of money that has been made by the Keefe Group through prisoners. It is nearly $40.4 million! And the G T Enterprises has made nearly $3.2 million through prisoners in terms of gross revenue. All this has been through the MDOC inmate services.
It was in 2008 that the Keefe Group contract had started. I was surprised to realize that since then it was renewed a number of times. Its last renewal was in 2011. That will be expiring on August 31, 2015. The contracts had been signed by Chris Epps who was the Commissioner at that time.
These contracts allowed The Keefe Group to processing the deposits of inmates. Besides, they could sell them prepaid debit cards. The Group was allowed to process the trust funds of inmates.
I came to know that the contracts granted an exclusive right to The Keefe Group to sell MP3 music players to inmates. But these were being sold at $115 plus sales tax to the inmates. MDOC was receiving $15 for each player that was sold.
Next was the exclusive right for selling song downloads. Out here the inmate was being charged $1.70 for each song download. MDOC was receiving $0.10 for each song download from this costing.
Another was the exclusive right given to the Keefe Group for selling commissary items. These would include food items, various personal hygiene products, besides tobacco, and such other items. Here, Keefe Group was paying a commission rate. This was 29.4% for any sales that were made in the prisons that were state-operated prisons. It was paying 24% at the state prisons that were privately operated. In addition, The Keefe Group deducted 10% from the total sales amount of all the “visitation bags” that were sold each month at these prisons. Read more about Keefe Group on Blogspot
Cecil McCrory was the owner of G.T. Enterprises. I was told that he later sold this company to the Keefe Group. This was in 2008. At that time, the MDOC contract gave GT Enterprises the right for selling various commissary products. This was for the Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility.
It might seem impossible to defeat a large corporation. I know that we are small, and they are huge. It appears that we have no power, but if people start flexing their muscles, we can do something. We have gotten big networks to fire people who have broken the law, and we have gotten cities to stop contracting with banks involved in things we do not agree with. Here are four reasons I think we should hit Global Tel-Link, too.
Global Tel-Link has been caught possibly stealing from people. The connection is not totally clear, but from data collected by topclassactions.com, many people have received bills with added minutes and fees that did not belong there. Most of these people paid because they trusted the company, making this a crime.
The company promotes itself as an inmate communication company that only wants to help inmates and provide a way to talk to loved ones. According to globaltellinkreviews.com, this is a lie as most of the people who use this company are forced to make sacrifices to make these calls since they do not make much money.
Most of the dirt on this company has been exposed for some time now. We know what the people at GTL have been up to, yet they are still fighting back. The FCC tried to put a cap on the company and the high rates, but they said this was unfair. The company actually fought the cap and won, for the most part. Global Tel-Link has also tried to deny any wrongdoing and claim that the miscalculated bills were errors. I hope that others join me in voicing their discontent with this company that needs to pay for its crimes.
If someone is looking for a company with compassion, heart, and sympathy, they need to look elsewhere. They are not going to find it with IC Solutions. They don’t have a heart and they don’t have a soul. They operate under their own power and they don’t answer to anyone, ever. They do things their way and they have a mentality that if people don’t like it, they can do business with someone else. There is no wiggle room with them and there is clearly no customer service. In fact, it would be a shock to me if they even knew how to spell the word customer service.
Let’s look at this link for example: https://www.pissedconsumer.com/company/icsolutions/ic-solutions-shady-fraudulent-company-20141224574304.html. It shows what is going on with IC Solutions in terms of them double charging customers and not providing phone calls. They are an inmate communications provider, and they are supposed to act as a way for inmates to speak to their family, friends, and loved ones while in prison. It is beyond important that this occurs. They do not need to fall down an even more dangerous path in prison or even worse give up all together. Since they don’t know what is going on in the outside world, they might think that people have forgotten about them.
They don’t realize that people are trying to get a hold of them, people care about them, and people want to be there, but they can’t get through because of IC Solutions. IC Solutions is the problem. This causes the prison’s mind, one would imagine, going to a very dark place. They feel hopeless. This is all at the hands of IC Solutions, and they are the ones that have to live with themselves and they are the ones that have to go to bed at night, knowing what they have done and the damage they have caused to people’s lives. Read more about the company on Al.com.
People who have loved ones in the country’s prisons will tell you that getting even essential services such as phone calls to their incarcerated loved ones is very hard. There was a time when it was estimated that making a phone call to the facilities was costing the families up to $14, which is much more than the rates charged for regular phone calls, even when the request is being made out of the state. The question that many people have been asking is why the companies offering these services are charging them so high. Well, the scandal taking place at the Keefe Group is shedding some light into the cause of the price hike.
It has been revealed that the Keefe Group and other companies have been giving bribes to the people who distribute these tenders. In a report by Tampabay.com, the bribes range between $50,000 and $200,000. In addition to these bribes, other costs have to be paid to these invisible hands on a monthly basis. On average, the companies will be paying between $5,000 and $12,000 to the cartels. The revelation is both shocking and enlightening. It helps create an understanding of the high cost of the services, which is happening simply to make up for the money lost in the bribes.
Many issues have arisen as a result of this endemic corruption in the prison system. First is the fact that when companies that are not qualified get the chance to offer these services, they will be offering regular services and compromising the safety and well-being of the people in the system. The same has been seen in the past when weapons have been sneaked into the system and used to commit crimes. The social cost of the corrupt issuance of these tenders is becoming too much for the masses.
There is need to address the issues affecting the sector seriously. Any efforts that are being made to make changes in the system have been met by resistance from the forces that created the need for the bribes in the first place. The changes that have been recommended will overhaul and improve the entire system completely.