Dear Governor Scott:

The family and friends of Florida prisoners petition for a state investigation of the Keefe Commissary Network contract with the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC). In this economy and in fairness the people of Florida deserve a new contract that makes canteen prices more affordable or reasonable. Keefe is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, prison and jail commissary vendor in the United States. Revenue from Canteen Operation for fiscal year 2009-2010 were $30,973,262.00. The prices prisoners are being charged are higher than prices for the same items sold in the free world. There are several vendors who bid for the FDOC contract who would offer a wider variety of available items at almost 60% decrease of what Keefe presently charge. One has to "wonder" why were these other vendors not given the contract? Keefe's sneak attacks on snack continue to prey on the family and friends of Florida prisoners who, for the most part, provide financial support to the prisoners population to spend in the canteen. With the economy in a recession it's doubtful prisoners families and friends are going to be able to send more money. Keefe, which is based out of St. Louis, Mo., latest price increase has lead to more thefts, robberies, and violence in Florida's prisons. Governor Scott, you can stop Keefe's price gouging with one phone call. We urge you to be that champion of fairness and justice that you promised all Floridians during your campaign by making that call. The success or failure for this important project depends on genuine community interest and online petition signature support. Please send emails to family and friends asking them to sign the petition and spead the word.

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