I’m well aware of the fact that prisons are unpleasant. After all, they’re supposed to scare people away from committing crimes. HOwever, the main purpose of the prison system is rehabilitation. It’s not just something to scare people or hold criminals for every single day of their life. Instead, prisons are supposed to teach prisoners how to enter society again as productive citizens. I’d have thought that the prison experience would center around that ideal. But a first hand account written by a prisoner gave me a very different impression.
The prisoner’s main point of concern had to do with a company called the Keefe Group. It’s not a commonly heard name on the outside of the prison system. On the inside though, the Keefe Group is usually the sole provider of anything people would consider comfort foods. Basically the empty calories that people love to eat when they’re feeling down. Cheap and unhealthy are the two major selling points of comfort food.
But that’s where the problem with the Keefe Group makes itself known. The Keefe Group certainly sells unhealthy food. But they push up prices on those items to the point where they wouldn’t even be considered cheap on the outside. And on the inside, prison work programs tend to pay only around 10% of the state’s minimum wage. The two points come together to ensure that prisoners essentially empty their wallets every time they want a candy bar.
This issue is made even more alarming due to the nature of prison food. Cafeterias serve healthy food which places an emphasis on safety. Prison food can’t increase chances of heart attacks, raise blood pressure or have a chance of triggering allergies. It’s basically even more bland and tasteless than hospital food. Read more on Prison Censorship about Keefe Group.
That combination of food choices is what makes the Keefe Group such a bad match for prisons. Anyone would become desperate for food with a bit of taste to it after they’ve been on prison rations for a while. Eventually most people will pay whatever the Keefe Group asks. And of course, the Keefe Group will ask for as much as they can. It’s good business. But it’s also something that the prison needs to take a closer look at. Prisons aren’t supposed to be about making private companies even richer. They’re supposed to be giving prisoners the time and resources needed to properly reform themselves. Constantly stressing over food is just adding more complications on top of an already difficult situation.
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I recently received a phone call from the prison where my boyfriend is at, but I knew that phone calls couldn’t be made after a certain time unless it was an emergency. This call was received after one in the morning. I didn’t think that it would be a good call. When I answered, I was told that my boyfriend had been injured. The caller knew his name and the facility. In order to get more information, I had to call one of the people at the jail using the number that was provided.
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I was asked to use *72 in along with the number. This is where the company gets you, and most of the time, the company is Global Tel. When you enter the code before the phone number, it forwards the call to another person. Once the number is forwarded, then the other person can use the account and the money in that account to accept phone calls. It’s essentially Global Tel working with other people in order to get more money and to allow people who can’t afford to accept phone calls a way to talk to the people who are in jail. I reported this issue, but there hasn’t been anything done about it yet.
My doctor recently told me that I needed to make some big changes in my diet. In doing so I’ve come to realize just how late to that party I’ve been. Looking into it, apparently most of the modern world has been rethinking their relationship with food. I found that my attempts to properly balance nutrition with taste were the norm in a lot of areas. But my biggest shock didn’t come from finding out how well people were eating in the modern world. Instead it came from realizing how poorly one particular group of people were eating. Read more about Keefe Group on Blogspot
This revelation came about through a single article written by one of these people. It wasn’t some far flung group of people either. It was written by a prisoner in a nearby area. His main issue was something that hit pretty close to home too. Like me, he had a lot of concerns about food. Unlike me, he didn’t have the option to carefully mix and match choices in order to protect his own health.
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That’s what concerned me the most with his situation. He had a lot to say about something called the Keefe Group. It’s a third party contractor which often works in an exclusive partnership with prisons. They’re given sole right to sell food in prison. Meanwhile the government has the sole responsibility of providing nutrient dense, but usually taste poor, food. This is almost the exact situation which I was told to avoid creating in my own life. Separating taste from nutrition is usually a very bad idea. It almost insists on impulse splurging. For me, it’s bad because it promotes unhealthy nutrient profiles. Prisoners face the same problem, but they have the added concern of it costing so much of their income. Prison work programs aren’t exactly known for their high pay rate. In fact, they might spend an entire day’s wages on a simple bit of food from the Keefe Group.
This is the real problem with how things are currently set up. The Keefe Group is able to make a huge profit by selling low cost and low quality items at a huge markup. Meanwhile the prison system is trying to scrape by as much as possible with the lowest cost items with the lowest chance of provoking allergic reactions. It seems to me that both parties could stand to work a little more closely with some kind of budget sharing. The Keefe Group is already working under contract so it’d only be an extension of the current terms. Read more: http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=39055
In the prison industry, it is common to hear about individuals incarcerated for obtaining money in an unlawful manner. In some cases however, it can be true that the criminal becomes the victim of another type of bank robbery. According to this article written by Erik Larson and published by Bloomberg News, JPMorgan Chase has been taking advantage of one of the countries most vulnerable group of people by charging their debit cards with many unwarranted fees. Some of these fees include $10 to withdraw from a teller window and $2 to withdraw from non-network ATMs. Needless to say, these practices have led JPMorgan Chase to become the defendants in court.
Due to their exploitative practices in the prison industry, JPMorgan Chase has been required to pay $446,000 to thousands of former prisoners for questionable bank fees as well as $250,000 in plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees. Some of the complaints put forward were the fact that prison inmates weren’t given the right to read any of the terms and conditions which were associated with debit cards issued to them as well as the fact that they weren’t given the option to refuse or accept the terms of the contract. There were also unjustified inactivity fees and fees attached to checking balance inquiries. When questioned about these practices, JPMorgan Chase refused to comment.
It is well known that a prisoner doesn’t have the same rights that other law abiding citizens posses. JPMorgan Chase used this as an excuse to exploit this group of people through shady bank practices, though they found out that criminal practices when practiced on criminals are still illegal.
A new Justice Department watchdog report states that the U.S. federal prison system is spending too much money on medical care for inmates due to an over-reliance on medical care outside of the prison system.
According to a report made by the inspector general, the Bureau of Prisons spent around $100 million more than what is spent by Medicare on outside medical care in 2014. In addition, the report states that all of the 69 prison facilities have paid reimbursement rates higher than what is paid by Medicare.
The Bureau of Prisons purchases medical care for around 170,000 inmates nationwide, and has the ability to negotiate its own rates for medical providers and services. Moreover, the BOP is not under any government statute that allows it to set the reimbursement rate. This is part of the reason for the increased spending. The inspector general report concludes with suggesting the prison system looking into means of cutting costs spent on outside medical care.