This memo is designed to inspire/mobilize/encourage us to come together
in solidarity in boycotting/protesting corporate-prison-profiteer “Access Se-
cure Pak,” its parent company “Keefe Commissary Network,” and its so-
called “Spring/Holiday Package Program.” This package program is a scam. Over
the past 10 years or so, Access Secure Pak has marked up the prices of their goods
as much as 100% while at the same time downsizing the size of their products.
Now they have increased the spending limit from $75 to $125 so they can swindle
us and our families out of even more money. The Package Program is a carefully
orchestrated scheme by the VA Department of Corrections, Access Secure Pak, and
Keefe Commissary Network, not to mention Global Tel Link to scam money out
of the pockets of our loved-ones, many of whom are poor, living check-to-check,
on government assistance and barely have enough money to pay their bills. These
corporations are multi-billion dollar corporations, but those that are making them
the billions are poor and exploited prisoners and our families. Access Secure Pak,
through its Package Program, gives the Department of Corrections hundreds of
thousands of dollars in bribes in the form of “kick backs” to allow them to do their
business inside their prisons so they can exploit us and our families out of what little
money we have. The DOC then uses these kickbacks to finance lavish parties in the
name of “Officer Appreciation Day,” finance lucrative pay bonuses for DOC staff,
and build new prisons which they don’t even have the inmates to fill.
Whatever our affiliations are, we need to join hands in solidarity and respect, under a common cause, in boycotting Access Secure Pak and its bogus, money-hungry Spring/Holiday Package Program. We should immediately notify our
families and friends out in society of this boycott, many of whom will be more than
glad to join us in this struggle as they will no longer have to send what little money
they have to this greedy, corporate prison profiteer in the name of a sham program.
All “new” inmates who arrive at these prisons should be made aware of this protest.
We see the weaker ones amongst us going to the prison staff to get a package order
form because they have not been informed about this boycott, or because they can-
not resist the big, colorful, glossy poster that Access Secure Pak and its inmate volunteers tape to the walls in every pod or dorm to entice us to spend our money with
them. We need to firmly encourage them not to break the bonds of solidarity in this
boycott. All prison activists, revolutionaries, anarchists, etc. should hold meetings
every day to keep the spirit of this boycott alive so that on the day that the packages
are passed out, there will be ZERO inmates going to pick up a package. We should all notify our friends/comrades/homies at other prisons about this boycott so they will
join us in this cause so that this will be a state-wide and perhaps a nation-wide boycott of Access Secure Pak. All of us who have been complaining and crying about
how the prison system is exploiting us and mistreating us, well here is your chance
to act and step up and show some back-bone, and more importantly, some unity.
We need to all write a letter to Access Secure Pak, 10880 Lin Page Place,
St. Louis, MO 63132 and notify them that we are boycotting them and that this
boycott will continue until they meet our demand of substantially lower prices.
All power to the people!