The story of the corrections officer who was indicted on corruption charges has caused a task force to look into the contracts that are placed between the prisons and the companies that provide the services. The task force said that it is about time that we ban no bid contracts.
McCrory and Epps owned GT Enterprise, and they were indicted for giving bribes to officials and for fraud. They sold GT Enterprise to Keefe Group. Keefe Group is another company that has contracts with many correctional facilities.
The Governor of Mississippi gave the task force the power to look into these things. He also gave some recommendations about which rules to put into place. Of course, it is true that if someone really wants to do something, they will do it. If someone really wants to break the law and be corrupt, they will do it. However, it is possible to make things harder for them. The task force is considering various new rules and regulations that would make it extremely difficult for anyone who runs one of these companies to do their corrupt deals anymore. They want everything to be as transparent as possible.
The Keefe Group has one of the six no bid contracts that the state wants to put up for bid contracts. It is not fair that some companies should have no bid contracts. There are many problems with this. When there are no bid contracts, that means that they essentially do not face any competition. They are able to do whatever they want, without fear of another company coming along and providing a service that is better than their own. That is why there are so many problems with the communication services in the prisons. The systems may be outdated, but the people who run them have no incentive to make them better than their smaller competitors’ systems. In addition, they can continue charging very high prices. They do not have any fear that a smaller company will come along and offer the same services at a lower price. If there was a bidding process, then they would be forced to offer a lower price and show how they are providing a better service for a better price.
The task force says that the state should investigate whether private companies should continue to run the facilities. The task force says that this practice, which started a few decades ago, has many flaws. If they are private companies with profits as their goal, then they will charge higher prices for lower quality products. It is not a good idea for us to allow that to happen.