Keefe Group comprises of Keefe Supply Company, Keefe Commissary Network, Access Securepak, Access Corrections, IC Solutions, and Advanced Technologies. Keefe Group specializes in supplying snacks, clothing, telecommunications, software solutions, technology, and personal care products to correction facilities. Since its inception 1975, Keefe Group has been a leading supplier of goods and services in correctional facilities across the US.
Keefe Group provides a spectrum of services and products to prison facilities across the United States. Apparently, it is alleged that Keefe Group issued bribes to several correction facilities to operate canteens inside prisons. In Gainesville, two businessmen admitted having paid bribes to Keefe Group officers working in Florida Prison. Joseph Deese was charged and found guilty of bribing James Cosby, the former Corrections Secretary a Keefe Commissary Network. Moreover, Edward Lee was also found guilty of bribing Cosby to connect him with the correction facilities executives. It is alleged that Cosby asked for a bribe to introduce the two businessmen to Keefe Group officers. The agreement was that Keefe Group officers would allow them to operate a canteen in the correction facilities. As such, Cosby and Clark had to resign to pave the way for the investigations.
In 2009, prisons regulatory agencies published an article calling upon anyone with corruption, bribery, exploitation, and poor services claims against the Keefe Group to present their evidence. Complainants were asked to compile concrete evidence that would help convict the Keefe Group for breaching the code of conduct. However, people believe that Keefe Group enjoys state protection and therefore it would be difficult to have them charged. In the search for evidence, complainants have been going to prisons in the US to find reliable evidence that links Keefe Group to bribery allegations.
In July 2013, friends and families of Florida Prisoners filed a petition seeking revocation of the contract signed between Keefe Group and FDOC. According to the Dispatch News article, the petitioners claimed that Keefe Group canteens exaggerated food prices at the Florida Prison. Conversely, FDOC was accused of not considering other vendors with lower prices than Keefe Group. Also, Keefe Group is accused of providing machine-made food to the prisoners without taking into account its health implications.