Prison Industry

The corrupt practices of Keefe Food Group

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.

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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.

Inmates to Feel the Touch of Tablets in Winnebago County Jail

It’s customary for prisoners to poses only, the necessities required in prison. The basics include jumpsuits, towels, and sandals for those in Winnebago County Jail. But today, according to the jail superintendent Bob Redmond, the future calls for changes. The inmates, therefore, stand the chance of receiving tablets. As a matter of fact, he has already contacted the tablet vendors. The move to issue tablets to the inmates rose after a tender with an inmate telephone service provider; Legacy Inmate Communications got terminated. The tender got terminated after a unanimous vote by the County Public Safety Committee. The terminated tender allowed the company to charge inmates a cost of 55cents for local calls and 21 cents for interstate calls.

 

The revenue generated got shared with the county. However, Legacy Inmate Communications was two months behind schedule in payment. Additionally, Redmond said that the company failed to keep all the phones functional. The company got awarded with the termination letters with a three months’ notice. There was a case where all phones in one pod failed. Therefore, as it is a right for the inmates to make phone calls, more guards got requested to escort the prisoners to different sections with working phones.

 

According to Redmond, trouble arises when only one phone is working in the pod. Issues occur when inmates take too long on the phone and while others are unable to make calls at specific times. Therefore, bringing wireless tablets ensures the risk to guards gets minimized. However, the tablets employ the prison standards ensuring they are rugged and secure. The tablets exhibit no social media capabilities and cannot access the internet. Inmate calling services are offered by two major companies in the USA. They include Securus Technologies and GTL Technologies who also have had a share of criticism directed to them for exploiting innmates

 

Keefe Group: Pioneering Service Delivery in Correctional Industry

Following its founding in 1975, Keefe Group embarked on an aggressive campaign aimed at tapping into a market that many companies had not ventured before: the American correctional facilities. It was a blue business strategy geared towards identifying opportunities that exist in the market and creating demand rather than fighting for demand in an already crowded mainstream American market place. The correctional facilities provided the company with a unique business opportunity marked by a stable market and almost zero competition. This niche market enabled the company to grow in revenue, profit margins and most significantly, in stature as one of the largest companies in the United States. Over time, the company adopted a strategic operational approach aimed at customizing their products and services to meet the ever growing demand from their clients.

Company Profile: Meeting Customer Demands Through Customer-Centered Strategies

During its over four decades of operations, Keefe Group has carved a name for itself as a champion of efficiency and customized service delivery within the American prison industry complex. Their customer-centered focus enables the company meet the unique demands of their numerous customers spread across various correctional facilities in the United States. As an industry pioneer, the company pride itself as the leading supplier of personal and beauty care products, clothing, footwear and jewelry for inmates. Based in St. Louis, Missouri, the company is also the leading supplier of food products to the correctional facilities with numerous brands of food and snacks to its name. Read more about Keefe Group on cdispatch.com.

By expanding its operations through new subsidiaries and affiliates, Keefe Group managed to add new products and services to its already burgeoning portfolio. The new entities allowed the company to supply other new and unique services such as cable news, games, telecommunication services as well as various technologies to inmates. The company also offers financial management services to its clients

Challenges

As the pioneer in the industry with a strong reputation and history of quality service delivery in a market with few competitors, Keefe Group’s position as the market leader strategically positions it as the leading contender for tenders. However, the company’s almost monopolistic presence in market has been challenged by authorities, individuals and competitors. This has seen some of the tenders it was awarded opened for competitive bidding. Several allegations of poor customer service and corruption have also been leveled against the company. Read more news on Tampa Bay Times.

The Fraudulent Global Tel-Link

Global Tel-Link is a phone company that allows prisoners to communicate with the world. However, its customers complain of hidden fees and rates higher than other companies offer. Some tricks the company uses are 1) letting the phone bill the account before the call is picked up, 2) adding illegal surcharges to phone calls, 3) dropping calls in order to charge a second fee for reconnecting them, and 4) billing one call multiple times. Then, the intrastate calling rates are said to be too high. And GTL is expensive in the first place without all this unfairness. Read more on NYTimes to know more about GTL.

GTL reports that it serves over 2,100 facilities in the 50 states, 27 Department of Correction contracts in more than 800 counties, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Yet it has a history of illegal billing practices nationwide. New Jersey and Pennsylvania have even taken out class actions against GTL. How much longer will the government tolerate the company’s abuses? Watch this video about GTL on youtube.com

If you are using a phone to connect with someone in any of the following Californian jails, know that the servicing company is GTL. The jails are California DOC, Atwater USP, Coalinga Claremont Custody Center, Alameda County Jail, Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center, Contra Costa County, El Dorado County, Dublin FCI, Glenn County Sheriff Department, Hayward City Jail, Herlong FCI, Humbolt County, Imperial County, Kern County, Lompoc USP, Los Angeles MDC, Los Angeles County, Lake County Jail, Lake County Juvenile Home, Los Angeles Police Department, Mendota FCI, Marin County Jail, Marin County Probation, Placer County, Orange County, Riverside County Jail, San Benito County, San Bernadino County Juvenile, San Diego MCC, San Francisco County Jail, Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, San Joaquin County Juvenile Detention, San Luis Obispo County, Shaffer Community Correctional, Shasta County, Siskiyou County Jail, Solano Probation Juvenile Hall, Solano County, Sonoma County, Stanislaus County, Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall, Terminal Island FCI, Tehama County Jail, USMC Camp Pendleton Brig, Tulare County, Victorville USP, Yolo County Jail, Yuba County Jail, Ventura County CA-Juvenile Probation, and Ventura County Jail. My information for this article comes from https://cases.theclassactionnews.com/global-tel-link-prison-collect-calls/.

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Do inmates have a right to cheap phone calls?

The widespread availability of phone services for prison inmates across the country has some groups asking if inmates have a right to a reasonable phone rate. With typically few opportunities to produce any income while incarcerated, inmates often turn to their families to top up their commissary and calling card accounts in order to stay in touch with them. Critics of the current system point to this as being a highly regressive tax on the families of inmates. These innocent family members end up footing the sometimes exorbitant bill just so that they can maintain some semblance of a normal relationship with their incarcerated loved ones.

 

It’s easy to empathize with the families’ plight. If a family with children, living below the poverty line, ends up paying hundreds of dollars per month for the ability to keep the children’s father in their lives, then they are often faced with the decision between paying the cable or utility bill and maintaining contact with their loved one. Regardless of any abstract moral arguments, this is the cold reality that many families face.

 

 

The courts respond

 

Unfortunately for these families, the courts have ruled again and again that inmates have no right to place phone calls from prison. In fact, inmates have no right to even see their families, in any capacity. This reflects the hard realities of prison life. If you’ve earned your stay at a state prison, you’ve done something monumentally contrary to the interests of society.

 

 

Keefe Group Offers Quality Services for Correctional Facilities

Keefe group and its subsidiaries the Keefe Supplies, Keefe Commissary Network, Access Corrections, Access Securepak, Advanced Technologies Group, and IC Solutions has been offering communication services and high-quality goods to correction facilities since 1975. Keefe Group ranks as the nation’s top service provider for food supplies, personal care items, clothes and sanitation, technology, and telecommunication services for prisoners.

According to stltoday.com, Keefe Group developed the industry through tailoring its products, technology, and packaging to suit the demands of detainees. Every department at Keefe Group commits to the corporate objective of delivering high-quality solutions tailored to suit the unique needs of clients. Keefe Group commits to exceeding customer expectation. Through Keefe Group, inmates enjoy the following services;

  • Footwear provision
  • Financial services
  • Beauty Supplies
  • Snacks supplies
  • Prison Management System
  • Money sending to recipients
  • Video visitation services
  • Inmate Management Systems

According to prisoncensorship.info – a news commentary in the Mississippi area, the Keefe Group signed a contract with the MDOC through the Keefe Commissary Network. The contract commenced on November 5, 2008, with several renewals over the years. In 2011, the contract was renewed and will expire on 31 August 2015. Keefe Group paid a commission of 29.4 % to the state-operated sales authorities within correctional facilities to seal the deal. Keefe Group subtracted 10% of all the sales made through visitation bags. The contracts were signed and sealed by Chris Epps, the then Prison Commissioner. According to the contract, Keefe Group was responsible for;

  • Inmate’s deposits processing
  • Prepaid debit cards trade and prisoners trust funds processing
  • Total rights to market MP3 players to prisoners
  • Full rights to market music download at lower prices to prisoners
  • Exclusive rights to sell commissary items like food, personal sanitary products, and tobacco.

Cecil McCrory was the owner of G.T Enterprises before it was sold to Keefe Group in 2008. The MDOC Deal commenced on June 1st, 2006 after its amendment in 2007 to allow GT Enterprise to trade commissary items at the Walnut Grove Youth Prison.

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Keefe Group Provides Innovative Services and Solutions to the Correctional Industry

Innovative technologies that allow incarcerated individuals to connect to the rest of the society are both an asset and a threat to correctional facilities. Corrections staff argue that no development operation or research anywhere in the globe can outdo the capacity of an inmate population. The abundance of creativity among inmates keeps correctional companies busy looking for countermeasures and coming up with new technology to keep prisons secure as well as inmates and staff safe. Of these technologies, telecommunication is the current focus of ingenuity on the outside world and in prisons.
Among the pioneers in the evolution of products, technology services and packaging in the correctional market is Keefe Group. Keefe Group exclusively services the correctional industry by providing safe products and technology services to both inmates and staff. Keefe Supply Group ventured into the correctional market in 1975 by supplying single-serve coffee packets to a Florida correctional facility. Later Keefe Group saw the need for improvement in prison product offering and started packaging drink mixes and coffee in sealed paper pouches. Since then, packaging products in pouch packages has significantly reduced the security risk associated with glass and metal containers.

Keefe Group is committed to developing groundbreaking services and technologies to make correctional facilities more safe and efficient. The technology provided focuses on streamlining the way prisons and jails manage and process financial transactions, entertainment and flow of information for its clients. Through the company’s technology, Keefe Group provides a broad spectrum of services and solutions to correctional facilities such as Pharmacy Supplies & Equipment, Commissary Systems & Supplies, Financial Services, Commissary Management, Jail Management Systems and Inmate Management Systems/Software among others. View the Keefe Group vendor profile on Corrections.com.

Keefe Group delivers its services and solutions through its affiliates. The company is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri and has several facilities across the country including ten regional service centers and seven major distribution centers. Keefe Group also packages several name brand and private label products through its manufacturing facility.

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Securus Technologies Excels in Innovation as U.S. Patent Office Approves Two More Patents

The U.S. patent office has issued two more patents to Securus Technologies, which is often dubbed as one of the most innovative firms in the prison communication industry. Interestingly, Securus Technologies has field more than 90 patents in the last three years. Of these, U.S. Patent office has approved 36 applications.

According to the CEO of Securus Technologies, Richard A. “Rick” Smith, the new patents will help the industry abridge communication gaps between inmates and their families. To date, Securus Technologies has nearly 247 patents related to prison communication, which makes it the holder of most number of patents in the industry. Both patents issued in June are multi-party tools allowing several users to use the system simultaneously.

Patent number 9,380,082 is titled, Remote Multi-Party and/or Event-Driven Visitation for Residents of Controlled Environment Facilities. As the name indicates, it allows inmates to participate in important events outside the prison facility through a live video link. As such, the system will help prisoners interact with their loved ones on important occasions including wedding ceremonies, birthdays, funerals and graduation etc.

As for the Patent number 9,386,146, it is titled, Multi-Party Conversation Analyzer and Logger. The system behind the patented technology uses the most advance techniques in signal processing and data-mining to detect significant anomalies in the communication network. For instance, it can detect callers outside prisons by matching their voice profiles to the recorded data. Accordingly, voice detection can monitor impostors and incidents of identity scams.

The CEO of Securus Technologies, Richard A. Smith, attributed the success of innovation to 200 software developers and 100 highly-skilled on-field technicians. Besides, Securus has a hard-working team of R&D and marketing specialists who contribute to the success of the product. Mr. Smith also claimed that customer feedback is always instrumental in developing successful innovative products.

GTL Overcharging Prison Calls To Inmates

This action is focused on GTL and the numerous complaints about the fraudulent and unfair billings in the California prisons and jails. GTL prison collect calls have been reported by Aclu.org to have an extra hidden fees associated with every call that is being made in the prison cells. Inmates in the jails and prison have to use the GTL payphone o communicate to their friend, family as well their lawyers for communication. They are at times collect calls and are billed at rates that are very far higher than the average speculated at higher prices than the long distance carriers like the AT&T.
If you have a loved one in the cells, and want to fall part of this class. We would also like you to participate in the class by calling us on 817-455-6822 and tell us your problems that you have experienced dealing with pa cell prisons as well as payphones in the jails and say your case against GTL.

GTL has been found to be doing some business with ICS in the prisons of California as well as with the Corrections Department. This is the sole reason why we will also be investigating the ICS department as well when conducting the investigations about GTL. We want to offer a helping hand against the GTL unfair price hikes to the inmates and their friends and family concerning calling rates that are unlawful and unjust as well. Read: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/31/us/steep-costs-of-inmate-phone-calls-are-under-scrutiny.html?_r=0

GTL is a Telecommunications company that provides inmates with calling capacities to the people outside prison across the entire United States and also California as well. GTL has a history of unlawful and vindictive billing to phone calls, and that is what we are investing and open a big case. Watch the YouTube video campaign on GTL for more information. Check out http://www.globaltellinkreviews.com/.

 

Information on Keefe Group Services

The Keefe group contract with GT enterprise began in November 2008. They will renew the contracts after a short period. The last time they replaced the deal was 2025 August. Keefe earned more than 40 dollars million while G.T got $3 million gross revenue MDOC inmate services. Chris Epps, the commissioner, signed the contract. Keefe group has several responsibilities like handling inmate deposits, preparation of debit cards and inmate trust funds. Keefe group had the responsibility of selling music players to prisoners; they also sold the downloaded songs. The group had the responsibility of selling commissary food products, tobacco, hygiene products and other items. Keefe group paid a commission of 29.4% for the food products. See the Kefee profile on Corrections.com.

GT enterprises

Cecil McCoy owned the enterprise before he sold it to Keefe group in 2008. The MDOC contract started on 1st June 2006. Later it was amended in 2007. The agreement gave the owner several duties as mentioned earlier. The correctional facility purchases the products. The new management of the company operated the prison in a right way. Previously the company received 20% to 24% sales to inmates. The sales amount increased to 28%in 2007. The operation of the business has improved.

About IC solutions

An IC solution has been the principal provider of innovative telecommunications products and excellent customer service. They are currently serving more than 180 000 inmates. The services are based in the prisons worldwide. The highly rated call processing programs offer unique capabilities. IC solution ensures the satisfaction of the customers is maximum. The manager partners every new installation of IC solution. IC solution is a sister company to Keefe Commissary Network regarding providing commissary services. According to http://www.corrections.com/vendor/profile/3128 among other enterprises like access corrections, Keefe Commissary, Access Secure Pak, advanced technologies is IC solutions comes the second with their services. The company works hand in hand with the Keefe group. For more info, visit PrisonCensorship .