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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

 

Securus Technologies – connecting inmates to their families

http://www.ibtimes.com/why-prison-phone-rates-keep-going-even-though-fcc-regulated-them-2388200

 

In the fall of 2015 The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) tried to put into act a form of rate caps on the price for incoming calls to inmates. The averaged rate per minute for a family member or loved one to call someone in prison is about a dollar a minute. Prison communications are outsourced to private firms. There are about 2.2 million inmates in America at any given time. Monopoly style contracts that cut deals with local sheriffs offices with little government involvement is what causes these inflated prices. In June of 2016, after a decrease in prices the previous fall, prices were on the rise again. Many family members or loved ones who are trying to call in to speak to inmates are on fixed incomes. The cost of the phone call can end up costing them the same as the cost of gas if they were able to drive in for a visit. Though the Federal communications commission was able to implement a rate cap on calls out of state, they have not implemented one for in state calling. In some cases it may be cheaper for an inmate to call a relative out of state. In state phone calls can be priced at any rate the communications provider and sheriffs deems appropriate. Securus Technologies is currently the largest inmate calling provider in the United States.

 

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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Keefe Group Gives Inmate Communication a Major Upgrade

The Keefe Group is giving a lot of inmates’ access to things on the inside of the prison. I believe that this company has become quite profitable because it allows inmates to get snacks that would not normally be available in a prison. This is a company that also provides commissary products like clothes and shoes. I believe that the

Keefe Group is the type of company that is going to benefit any prison system because it also brings video visitation into place. Read more news on Tampa Bay Times.

The Keefe Group could become one of the best resources for those prison systems that are trying to implement video visitation. This is the new concept that is making it easier for people to stay connected with family. It also lightens the load of the work staff in the prisons. Less staff is used to monitor the visitation. This is something that is going to help the prison systems cut costs. That is why Keefe Group is gaining a lot of attention with the department of corrections.

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The Keefe Group is a company that has been connected to a lot of different products. This company has a lot of other businesses under the Keefe Group umbrella. This is the type of company that provides people with things like jail voice mail and video voicemail. These are the things that have given people on the outside the ability to connect with inmates without going to the prison. This level of convenience that the Keefe Group has used is going to help a lot of people eliminate the travel to the prison.

I have found that more people are interested in using this type of innovation that was created by the Keefe Group. I have used the video voicemail, and i know that this saves me a lot of time. I could not imagine ever driving to a prison on a regular basis when I now have access to the software that was created by the Keefe Group for video visits. This has made staying in touch with family members so much easier. Keefe Group is simplifying inmate communication.

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Knox County Commission Expands The Use Of Tablets For Prisoners

On Monday, the Commission granted permission to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office to make another purchase of 900 tablets for the cost of $425 each which will be purchased from the money that they made out of the first 300 tablets that they had bought a few months back. If reports are to be true, the county makes about $15,000 a month through the calls and messages that the inmates and their families make. The inmates are charged 40 cents for each message, $5.99 for half an hour video call and $4.99 for using a tablet for 24 hours.

 

 

Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones was unmoved by the critics on providing tablets to inmates for entertainment. He said that there is no system where the criminals give back something to the tax payers as they are the ones who use the taxpayers’ money to live comfortably in the prisons. He has worked with the department for 36 years, and he had never seen such an excellent opportunity where the criminals are able to pay back something to the taxpayers. According to him, this was the main reason why they chose to buy tablets for the prisoners.

 

 

The prisoners cannot access the internet and social media websites through the tablets. Since the introduction of the tablet, the contact between the jail staff and the inmates has been significantly reduced, that has reduced the chances of injuries. The tablet program was introduced in 2015 and can access special programs such as Intensive Treatment Program and GED program. Inmates can also access educational and religious books. Inmates can schedule haircuts and also seek medical help if needed.

 

 

Jones said that they would never bring anything into the jail to entertain the inmates. He also clarified that making money was not their primary motive, the safety of the inmates and the jail staff was.

 

Inmate Communication Is Beneficial To Inmates And Their Loved Ones

The advanced telecommunication systems in prisons and jails allow for direct communication between inmates and their loved ones. The staff of correctional facilities can monitor and record such conversations. Most telephone systems in these facilities are based on contract where the service providers are required to pay commission to such institutions. After receiving numerous complaints from families of inmates concerning the high charges of phone calls, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) investigated the matter.

In 2014, they started capping inmate phone rates. Families used to pay as high as $18.00 for a 15-minute call. FCC proposed a capping that would make sure that the charges for a 15-minute phone call do not exceed $4. Correctional facilities and other law enforcement groups opposed the new caps. However, the FCC argued that the previous rates were causing undue financial strains to inmates and their loved ones. Some of the telecommunications companies retaliated by increasing their charges on local calls. This information was originally mentioned on Penitentiary Blog as explained in this link http://penitentiaryblog.com/what-you-might-not-know-about-the-inmate-communications-industry/

Advancement in technology has enhanced communication in jails and prisons where inmates can now easily contact anyone through emails, texts and social media. Despite the inmates’ limited accessibility to these forms of communication, there are concerns that these individuals can use such time to plan how to escape from a facility. Other people have argued that even though the conversations are heavily monitored, some inmates can use coded language to communicate. Many inmates might not use the phone too often. This is because of the high charges. However, the expensive inmate call rates are a small price to pay for an inmate planning to escape.

On the good side, inmate communications serves a good purpose. With the freedom to call anyone, an inmate may use such time to talk to those in authority. Richard Tabler, an inmate on death row, contacted Texas Senator, John Whitmire, to complain about how he was being mistreated. Whitmire used his position on the criminal justice team to bring changes to Richard’s stay at the correctional facility. This is a good example of how inmate communication could be used to improve inmates’ lives in prisons and offer them a chance to see the outside world while behind bars. This information was originally reported on Penitentiary Blog as outlined in the following link http://penitentiaryblog.com/inmate-communications-a-valuable-tool-or-a-dangerous-threat/

 

Does Securus have the solution for future Inmate Communications?

With the changing scene of communications in the outside world, it is inevitable that it would also eventually revolutionize inside the prison and inmate community. Securus Technologies CEO and Chairman, Rick Smith claims that their company can set up secure, controlled communications within prison facilities that can use customized devices, or even the inmate’s own devices. This will increase the ability for inmates to communicate with their defense team or family. It will allow for more training and educational opportunities while incarcerated. The devices can be locked so that they are only allowed to communicate with approved individuals or organizations through approved methods, including picture, video, text messaging, and emails.

 

They use a Wireless Containment Solution, or WCS, that controls and monitors all communications from the inmate’s device. Allowing them their own device gives them access to their own contact list and information databases. They can have controlled access to job websites, educational systems, and other web-based opportunities for skill and knowledge growth. Arguably, this would reduce recidivism and promote employment post-incarceration. It also increases their ability to manage their own health care. Law-libraries, visitation rules, forms, and facility rules could literally be at the fingertips of every inmate.

 

Here’s the article where I read this fascinating information:

 

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/securus-technologies-discusses-future-of-inmate-communications-and-security-300427232.html

 

COMMUNICATION ENDS FOR 1997 PRISONER.

It appears that a convicted 1997 murderer has finally been executed just a few days ago. Hit the jump for more. (http://www.jacksonprogress-argus.com/news/local/georgia-inmate-executed-for-police-officer-killing/article_c4ef04c1-de3c-5b2e-a232-e66764e3d303.html)

According to this online news piece, the state prison outside of Jackson has successfully, recently, and fully executed a Mr. Gregory Paul Lawler….who was sixty three years old.

 

We can see that:

“Lawler was convicted in 2000 of the murder of Atlanta Police Officer John Sowa. Lawler fired on both Sowa and his partner, Officer Patricia Cocciolone, as the officers escorted Lawler’s girlfriend home after a night of drinking. Lawler was convicted on charges of malice murder, felony murder….” (pg. 1, paragraph 1)

There truly is, as they say, no rest for the wicked. Yet who are we to judge in the end? It is not in our hands…..but both fate and time do tell all, and reveal the worst or best in a person.

 

The UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT has fully summarized the case, and has like wise analyzed the fact that the crime took place in Atlanta, Georgia….and near an apartment there, to be exact. It makes sense. Mr. Lawler was himself from this respected city.

 

Lawler took over a dozen shots out of his gun. There was a six hour standoff with Lawler and the police. A hostage negotiator was successful in getting Lawler to back down and surrender himself, making something which could have been far worse….far better and more easy to deal with. Justice was found, but the waiting and processing time would not be so quick. As we can see from this specific case, many details were involved…and Lawler remained in prison until his ultimate death.

 

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.