Prison Industry

Global Tel Link’s Battle Against the FCC

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?

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Keefe Group Enjoying Monopoly and No-Bid Contracts With Correctional Facilities

The correctional market in the country has seen a number of companies given no-bid contracts to provide goods or services in the in the facilities. One such company is Keefe Group, a leading provider of telecommunications and advanced software solutions to inmate facilities across the country.

Well, that’s not all that the group does, as the company is also a leading supplier of food to inmates in most facilities. You will probably agree with me that while a company of this magnitude will obviously be credited with a lot of successes, it cannot be entirely rosy. I take this time to highlight some of company’s successes, downfalls, notable controversies and my experience with them. Know more about Keefe Group on kununu.com

To start with, Keefe Group has a number of affiliations. The major affiliates of the group include Keefe Commissary Network, ICSolutions, Keefe Supply Company, Keefe Food Supply, Access Securepak and Advanced Technologies Group. Through these affiliates, Keefe Group supplies electronics, food products, clothing, personal hygiene products, telecommunication systems and technology to inmate facilities.

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Keefe Group Monopoly and No-Bid Contracts

Prisoners and correctional facilities have for long provided a money-minting avenue for individuals and companies through lucrative contracts. Keefe Group has been one of the notable beneficiaries. For example, in 2015 alone, Keefe Group raked in over $40 million from its contracts with various correctional facilities and institutions.

The group enjoys the monopoly of several no-bid contracts with correctional facilities in the country. I am of the view that no-bid contracts are usually bound to be abused. Over the last few years, a number of Americans have been found guilty of paying exorbitant bribes to Keefe Group officials to gain favors or receive services that the group is contracted to provide.

Finally, I would like to bring to your attention the inefficiencies and corrupt deals associated with the company. While the group has considerably improved the communication standards in most inmate facilities, complaints have been recorded regarding massive corruption, shoddy deals and overpriced services. Learn more about some of the Keefe Group Affiliates and Services.

Keefe Group at the Service of All United States Prisons

Keefe Groups is one of the leading companies in the United States that is dedicated to providing clothing, shoes, personal care items, electronics, technology, and food to prison commissaries. Our work since we began in 1975 has been to develop and package the products that are at par with the security and the safety requirements for prisons in the United States. Our parent company is the Centric Group. We are both owned by The Taylors who, also, own Enterprise Holdings owners. Keefe Groups delivers more than 10000 private-label products to all federal institutions.

The actual genesis of the Keefe Group dates back 1963. Our firm started off small in St. Louis selling coffee. The company then ventured into the current line of business by starting out with a Florida-based prison. The Tylor Family then purchased the company – two years into the business. The new ownership sought to expand the business, and that is when we grew and conquered the correctional facility market. Learn more on STL Today about Keefe Group.

One of the signature products we produced are the different drink mixes that we package differently to suit the needs of a prison setting. We are not only limited to products. We also strive to provide essential services for inmates. Some of the services that we offer include the handling of the deposits to prisoners’ accounts. We also are a means by which family and friends can find an easy way to send approved care packages to their loved ones who have been locked up in prison. The service package we at Keefe Group offer in correctional facilities include:

  • Access to secure deposits
  • Access to mail
  • Access to secure payments
  • Access to secure photo
  • Offender Management Suite
  • Access Securepak
  • Access secure mail, etc.

Additional services that we offer to the correctional facilities is the data mining services. We have 12 detectives who keep an eye on all criminal activities and fraudulent practices taking place within and beyond prison facility confinements. Know more about Keefe Group on kununu.com

With a track record of more than 40 years, Keefe Group strives to maintain its position and reputation in the market. We now have six subsidiaries and 17 distribution center in the United States. Our more than 2500 employees work every single day to ensure that the over 800 public and private jails and prisons that we serve are fully catered for and access our services easily.

You can visit our website to find out more about our products and services.

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Global Tel-Link Provides Technology That Increase Prison Safety

Global-Tel Link definitely gets my vote when it comes to enhancements in the technology that is found in prison systems. I have no doubt that people are going to be utilizing the software that has been created by Global-Tel Link to communicate with inmates that are locked away. I just think that this is the wave of the future because we are already seeing this type of technology on our tablets and our Smartphone. I was certain that it would only be a matter of time before a company like Global Tel-Link would come forth with a video visitation solution that would also upgrade the prison technology.

It would only be a matter of time before this step in the upgrade of the prison technology would be put in place. I knew that this would become something that prisons would move towards because there has been so much contraband brought into the prison system from outsiders. Sometimes even the best correctional officers will not be able to pat down and find everything that a visitor may be trying to sneak into a prison to an inmate. I think that the Global Tel Link video visitation concept is going to be extremely popular in any prison system where contraband has been found. When inmates are visiting through a video session there is no possibility of any contraband being brought into the prison? That is why I think that administrators of prisons need this.

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs3WHNzOcj4

Some people may wonder if it is going to be any good for inmates to have access to a private window of video visitation, but this is not private. Correctional officers get the chance to terminate any sessions that may be viewed as inappropriate for the video visit. I think that this is definitely something that is needed because all communication that inmates have with the outside world would definitely need to be monitored. Visit Bloomberg to know more about GTL.

Global-Tel Link provides the possibility for this to be done, and I think that more prisons are going to move towards this. It provides an increased level of prison security.

I discovered Global-Tel Link was not the only company that does this video visitation, but I believe that it is definitely one of the better companies for this type of communication because thousands of prisons are already implementing this. It is the type of company that has stayed innovative through the years. This company has become a leader because the software is easy to use and it is reliable. Global-Tel Link has been bringing innovation to the Department of Corrections for decades, and I think that this type of track record deserves recognition. I believe that people our loyalty because this company provides quality products. Know more at consumeraffairs.com.

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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