The Corruption of the Keefe Food Group

Since criminal institutions were first created back in 1790s, life for prisoners was very difficult. People who committed crimes and went to prison in the early 18th-20th century were completely disconnected from society. It was nearly impossible for criminals to be legally included in the “outside world”. Inmates that came out of prison after many years are thrown into a totally new environment from when they first came to prison. In all prisons technology was obsolete, there were no computers, telephones, nor cellphones that inmates could have access to. However, with society progressing, inmates have been more connected to the real world because of the Keefe Food Group. Read more articles on Blogspot about Keefe Group.

On television, prison is depicted as a horrible place to live. Nobody wants to go to prison because of the harsh violence, horrible living conditions and nasty food. Although inmates have committed crimes, they are still humans and should be treated better than they are when behind bars. The Keefe Food Group is a company that comes into prisons and changes the traditional rules. The Keefe Food Group has come into prisons all over the United States making serious revenue. This company brings food from the outside world into prisons; the prisoners enjoy this luxury not knowing that the Keefe Food Group is stealing their hard earned money. The way this company is stealing the inmates’ money is because they are selling the prisoners products that are cheap in the real world, for much higher prices. These prices are so high that the Keefe Food Group is making over 30 million dollars in just a few years because of how much they are overcharging inmates. I think this is extremely unfair that inmates are having their hard earned money taken away. Read more about Keefe Group on cdispatch.com.

Not only is the Keefe Group responsible for overcharging inmates for simple foods, they are also putting a tax on deposits that inmates receive from their loved ones. Every time an inmate gets money from their loved ones back at home, they are faced with a steep fee. So not only are basic commissary items severely overtaxed, they are having their money taken away from them. There must be a stop put to the Keefe Food Group because they are not benefitting the lives of inmates in the long run. The Keefe Food Group provides inmates with food from the outside worked but they are stealing money from inmates at the same time. I know that prisoners are unaware that the the money their family sends them is being overtaxed, giving the inmate less money that they deserve. The Keefe Food Group needs to stop taking advantage of the helpless inmates and give them the money they deserve.

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IC Solutions Unethical Attempts At Skirting Regulation

IC Solutions continue to dodge government regulation and it has gotten the company in hot water with the state of Alabama. This is how crazy our political system has become. The legislatures and the people who run the criminal justice system in the state of Alabama have selected IC Solutions to provide telecommunication services to all 28 prisons in the state. The attorney general is now suing the company despite the fact that they maintain a monopoly on inmate telecommunications in the deeply red state.

The attorney general is suing the company because of their repeated attempts to sidestep regulations. These regulations have been put into place by the federal government through the FCC and the state government of Alabama after complaints of overcharging. The regulations put a cap on the amount the company is able to charge for in-state and out-of-state phone calls.

To get around the regulations, IC Solutions charges a menu of hidden fees that hit customers out of nowhere. This ensures that the price of a single telephone call remains high despite government regulation, http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2015/06/the_high_cost_of_a_phone_call.html. These fees include fees for putting money into an account, fees for opening an account and a flat fee to initiate a phone call. This makes a 56-second phone call just as expensive as a 15-minute call. And the fees are charged whether or not the call goes through or is dropped.

One woman in Alabama claims to spend more than $100 per month talking to her son. She pays for the service because she is worried about him, as she should be. IC Solutions.com seems to be profiting off of this mother-son connection. This kind of abuse will continue until states no longer contract these unethical companies. You can call or email your local representative to get your local government to drop this company.

A Grip On The U.S. Prison Market

With a strong national name, the Keefe Group is the largest provider of U.S. correctional facility goods. The economic leverage involved in supplying for the needs of prisons makes having inmates as customers a very lucrative business. Yet, as it stands now, the Keefe Group holds most of the competitive market when meeting needs of inmates in the United States.

There’s no one else to compete.

And that’s no understatement.

Keefe’s statistics and revenue of over $40 million yearly is proof. Products and services provided by this U.S. competitor are expansive. They include snack items, greeting cards, financial services, footwear, beauty supplies, banking machines, video visitation, games, computers, cable TV, commissary supplies and jewelry to name a few.

But there’s a new enterprise with inmate visitation technology that’s boosting the Keefe Group’s bottom line. Inmates are usually given access to telephone services for managing their relationships with family and friends. The Keefe Group infrastructure that enables video visitation and phone services are being put to use. They’re called IC Solutions.

With IC Solutions, prisons across the States have automated information lines, inmate voicemail and flexible options. Special kiosks designed by Keefe process deposits from inmates. Family or friends may also deposit cash for an inmate’s use and by using the phone and Web-based deposit services. Each of these options come with 24/7 tech support.

But innovation provided by Keefe Group offers even more options for inmates. These options consist of debit telephone accounts that allow phone calls to be made anywhere as long as the funds exist. Inmates also have prepaid accounts that accepts collect calling to an inmate’s family or friends.

The strong hold that Keefe Group has will take it into the future and build even more leverage as prison needs continue to be meet by the Keefe Group brand. Have a look at the corrections website, browse the various sections and get acquainted with the Keefe Group services offers. Also see, PrisonCensorship for additional info.

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