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.