Keefe Group Provides Innovative Products and Services to Corrections Facilities

Keefe Group has been a leading provider of products and services to the correctional market since 1975. Keefe Group became a specialist in the packaging of products sold within the correctional system. We started out packaging instant coffee and drinks in paper pouches. Then we moved on to pouch-packaged seafood because it was a safer way to distribute items, eliminating the danger of metal and glass containers. Read more about Keefe Group on prisoncensorship.com

Today, the company has six parts, the Keefe Supply Company, Keefe Commissary Network, Access Securepak, Access Corrections, ICSolutions and Advanced Technologies.

Keefe Group is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. We have plants and distribution facilities throughout the country. We have manufacturing areas where we make our own products. We focus on providing the best products possible to our customers.

Not only do we offer packaged foods we also provide technology services to the correctional facilities as well. We help the organizations process and manage information flow and communications, financial transactions and other services.

Our Access Secure Data software helps prison personnel to identify relationships between inmates and the outside world as well as others inside the system. It works alongside Access Secure Deposits, Secure Mail and other Secure Services. The Access Secure System allows monitoring of activities inside and outside the system, in order to maintain safety and security.

Through the Secure Deposit system an inmate’s family can provide them with spending money for snacks and personal items. All funds are deposited in real-time. The staff does not handle cash, so reduces workload. Each depositor is photographed for security. The system eliminates fraud. Learn more on STL Today about Keefe Group.

The Enforcer is a top of the line telecommunications system, that allows for monitoring and controlling the communications between inmates and outsiders. It makes the whole process of contacting family and friends easy to control and handle. Keefe Group provides other important technologies to make inmates lives better and the management of the facility easier for staff and personnel.

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Global Tel-Link Settles Robocall Lawsuit

Global Tel-Link (GTL) settled a class action lawsuit in March 2017 for $8.8 million dollars. The lawsuit alleged that the company made “robocalls” to their cell phones without permission and thus violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) of 1991.

The plaintiffs alleged that GTL, the nation’s leading provider of inmate telecommunication services, attempted to connect calls to their cell phones. When the calls from prisoners could not connect, the cell phone user received a pre-recorded message to notify them that an inmate had tried to contact. The lawsuit stated that “protections granted by Congress under the TCPA was the only means of protecting consumers from unwanted nuisance calls.”

The class included nearly two million people who had received calls from GTL to their cell phones from December 2010 until the settlement was agreed upon in the courtroom. Watch this video about GTL on Youtube.

Global Tel-Link provides inmate calling services to more than 30 states in the U.S., as well as Puerto Rico. GTL has been in the news over the course of recent years and the defendant of many lawsuits. The rate which GTL charges inmates and those they communicate with have been the subject of most of the lawsuits. Inmates, their loved ones, and associates allegedly paid as much as $13.00 for 10 minutes of talk time. The FCC attempted to challenge GTL by placing a federal regulation to cap the cost of inmate calling services but later dropped the suit.

GTL administered some changes to reflect consumer needs. The company’s website lists that inmates would need to set up an account, which costs $4.75. The fees for inmate calling services in California vary, depending on the type of facility and whether the call was pre-paid or collect. Read more on nytimes.com to know more about GTL.

These charges are separate from the fees that the recipient of the call must pay.

Know more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2014-12-17/serial-podcasts-2-500-phone-bill-and-the-prison-pay-phone-racket

The Keefe Group Monopoly

The economic state to which prisoners in the United States have been subjected in the last two decades is simply rejecting. The felons should be rehabilitated, in their condemnation to live in seclusion from the society to which they pose a danger. The point of correctional institutions should never be to sell commissary goods. The corruption that demeans the little self-worth these prisoners may have infuriates them, poisoning their minds to resent the authorities and practice corruption as well. It is not right the Keefe Group has been allowed a lucrative monopoly to supply commissary goods to literally all American prison, both publicly and privately owned and managed. Learn more on STL Today about Keefe Group.

Commissary goods are fundamental needs. They may not substitute basic goods, but they may constitute the later. Denying any human being access to their basic need would cause them to lose their dignity or piece of mind. The two are human rights and to infringe on them is unconstitutional. Furthermore, commissary goods like bathing soap, detergent, bedding, snacks, and beverages keep the mental and physical needs of prisoners intact. Since prison wardens and other patrons hold these prisoners in confinement, they have an obligation to keep them fed and healthy both mentally and physiologically. The provision of commissary needs may not be an obligation for these correctional institutions, but they are certainly obligated to the prisoners to supply such goods at the lowest prices possible, sometimes even at subsidized.

However, the reforms systems seem to forget their duty and obligation. They have given precedence to making profits over reforming their prisoners. They have instead, turned them to cash cows by monopolizing the supply of commissary goods. The decision, worse still, has been proven in courts of law to have influenced by incentives received illegally as bribes. Read more about Keefe Group on prisoncensorship.com.

In 2007 and seven, the then Correlations Secretary took a guilty plea to the offense of taking bribes to allow the Keefe scandalous trading. He was incarcerated in 2012 after being ousted from his office a while before. The Tampa Bay Times who won the 12 Pulitzer prices, reports that the individuals who offered the bribes to the Correlations Secretary also pleaded guilty to the offense. Joseph Authur Deese was one of them. According to Jackson Jambalaya, Joseph Authur Deese went down in the corruption case which heavily incriminates the Keefe Group, and its affiliate contractors who got in trouble for their involvement in the unethical dealings.

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Global Tel Link Still Gouging Customers In Spite Of Complaints

Prison telecommunications provider Global Tel Link (GTL) is still charging outrageous prices after the season of hit podcast Serial has ended.

This news is the latest saga surrounding GTL and its affinity for gouging inmates and their family members. The company has been hit with mass complaints, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) fines and exposes by other companies in an attempt to embarrass them to do the right thing — but nothing has worked.

Serial is a podcast about the circumstances surrounding the murder of Hae Min Lee by her boyfriend Adnan Syed, who has been incarcerated since 1999. The show features interviews between Syed and writer Sarah Koenig. The Serial episodes open with an announcement of a Global Tel Link call from a Maryland correctional facility. Read more reviews at globaltellinkreviews.com

The point of the issue is — the entire serial likely wouldn’t have come to fruition without the services of GTL. Due to the rules and regulations regarding recording devices, the entire interviews had to be done via phone calls. The calls are not cheap by any stretch. An article in Bloomberg News suggests that the prepaid phone calls between Koenig and Syed costs around $2,500.

Learn more: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/31/us/steep-costs-of-inmate-phone-calls-are-under-scrutiny.html?_r=0

How is that possible, one might ask? Easy. GTL is one of the highest prison prepaid services around. And at $3.95 the first minute and 89 cents for additional minutes, it’s highly conceivable. While contracts vary from state to state, the FTC is investigating GTL and other providers. Read more about GTL on Bloomberg.com.

Keefe Group Supplies High-grade Products to the Correctional Markets

At Keefe Group, via our subsidiaries, Keefe Commissary Network, Access Corrections, Advance Technologies Group, Keefe Supply Company, and IcSolutions we are the supplier of personal care products, clothing, food products, electronics and cutting-edge technology solutions to corrections and public safety agencies. PrisonCensorship says this company have unmatched experience of more than three decades of supplying innovative products, packaging, as well as technology services that address the exceptional needs of corrections agencies nationwide.

Commitment to customer service

At Keefe Group, we have embraced a culture of supplying high-quality food products and groundbreaking technology solutions. We carry out intensive market research and identify products that are highly demanded. We answer calls, emails, and chats in a prompt and professional manner.

Keefe Group pockets $40 million

We landed a contract with MDOC inmate services on November 5, 2008. The contract has been renewed a couple of times, the last renewal being in 2011 and its expiry date was on August 31, 2015. The former Commissioner Chris Epps was responsible for signing the contract.

Details of the contract

We processed inmate deposits, trust funds, and oversaw prepaid debit cards sales. We had exclusive rights of selling music players and song downloads to detainees at $115 and $1.70 respectively. We supplied commissary items like food, personal care products, and tobacco. A commission of 29.4 percent and 24 percent of our total sales was paid to the state-operated and private-operated corrections respectively.

Philanthropic activities

At Keefe Group, we actively engage in philanthropic activities. We fund charitable organizations like Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, which is the world’s biggest equine sanctuary that rescues, retires, rehabilitates, and re-trains Thoroughbred horses that are unable to participate on the racetrack competitions. Other organizations that benefit from our charitable giving program include Prsion Censorship, Puppies Behind Bars, United Way, and Amachi Big Brothers Big Sisters. Our primary goal is to improve the lives of the youths and better the community.

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Flooding and Power Outages Wreak Havoc on Texas Prisons

Recent bad weather in Texas has caused a lot of issues for some local prisons.

Due to severe flooding, two prison units are being evacuated and bused to other prisons. The weather and flooding caused a large blackout within the prison walls. A brawl soon escalated between the prisoners and guards.

Upwards of 2,600 prison inmates are being relocated to nearby prisons. Evacuation procedures began on Sunday morning. Along with the extra inmates, surrounding prisons will be receiving extra food and water to help reduce the added burden to their systems. For the prisons that may still be affected by floods and heavy rains, sandbags and other supplies were being sent out. Ramsey Unit, a smaller, low-level security prison in the same area, simply had to move some of its inmates to the main building.

The heavy rains and flooding wreaked havoc on Luther Unit in Navasota, Texas. The prison, which is located roughly seventy miles northwest of Houston, suffered huge power outages. When prison guards ordered the inmates to return to their cells, some of the did not comply and a brawl ensued. The fight included now less than fifty inmates, but things have since returned to normal