The “War on Drugs” has been a miserable failure. There are more drugs on the street today than ever before, and there are more people in jail for drug-related charges than ever before. The battle against drug use is a play on words by the government. Nothing good has come out of this wasteful use of money unless the money that state departments of corrections make from the over-population in the prison system is considered. All the commission money that independent contractors pay state department of corrections should go directly to offsetting some of the costs of housing prisoners. Contractors like the Keefe Group and others have no-bid contracts, and they pay commissions for goods and services they provide, but the not all the money reaches the state department of corrections. Some commissions pad the pockets of unethical prison officials in many of the prison systems across the country.
The Keefe Group is broken down into several companies: The Keefe Commissary Network, Access Corrections, Keefe Supply Company, Advanced Technologies Group and IC Solutions. All the Keefe Group companies provide goods, food, and entertainment items to prisons in several states. The Keefe Group is awarded a contract without bidding against companies that offer the same services. The state of Mississippi is trying to eliminate no-bid contracts. The Mississippi State Department of Corrections wants all of their prison contracts to go through the bidding process in order to stop the unethical behavior that has been going on for years. See the Keefe vendor profile on Corrections.com.
The state of Mississippi is prosecuting high-level prison officials that have allegedly taken money because the practice of granting no-bid contracts was not regulated properly. Mississippi wants to hold all vendors accountable for where the money goes. Contractors like the Keefe group would have to file a disclosure form if money was paid to a consultant that helped secure a prison contract. For information about Keefe Group see; http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=39055