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Entertainment Jay-Z, Yo Gotti File Second Lawsuit Against Mississippi Corrections Officials Over Prison Conditions

13:30  27 february  2020
13:30  27 february  2020 Source:   rollingstone.com

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Jay - Z , Yo Gotti and Team ROC, the philanthropic wing of Roc Nation, have filed a second civil lawsuit against the Mississippi Department of Corrections on behalf of 152 more inmates allegedly suffering from inhumane conditions at Parchman prison .

Rappers Jay - Z and Yo Gotti helped more than two dozen Mississippi inmates file a lawsuit claiming people are dying because the state "has failed to fund its prisons .".

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Jay-Z, Yo Gotti and Team ROC, the philanthropic wing of Roc Nation, have filed a second civil lawsuit against the Mississippi Department of Corrections on behalf of 152 more inmates allegedly suffering from inhumane conditions at Parchman prison. The new suit follows a similar one filed in January on behalf of 29 inmates.

The suit is packed with an array of harrowing allegations and claims that a lack of staffing and funding over the years has caused “prisoners to endure abhorrent conditions, abuse and constant violence, inadequate health care and mental health care, and overuse of isolation.” It continues: “The conditions of confinement at Parchman are so barbaric, the deprivation of health and mental health care so extreme, and the defects in security so severe, that the people confined at Parchman live a miserable and hopeless existence confronted daily by imminent risk of substantial harm in violation of their rights under the U.S. Constitution.”

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Jay - Z , Yo Gotti and Team Roc filed a second civil lawsuit against the Mississippi Department of Corrections for their deplorable conditions . On behalf of 152 more inmates, Team Roc is requesting that the "barbaric" conditions at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman are immediately

Jay - Z And Yo Gotti File A Second Lawsuit Against Mississippi For Inhumane Prison Conditions . These conditions have led to internal riots within the prison that began back in December. The New York Times reported in January that five inmates were killed and two escaped in

Along with filing the new suit, Roc Nation released a chilling 20-minute documentary that includes disturbing, never-before-seen footage from inside Parchman, as well as commentary from the families of inmates alongside activists and politicians.

The suit claims staff shortages, incompetency and corruption are at the core of many of the problems at Parchman. The suit states there’s one guard (who’s often female) for every 160 inmates, which allows prisoner-on-prisoner violence to flourish, and notes that nine inmates have died at Parchman this year, putting Parchman well on “pace to break its morbidly shameful record of annual inmate deaths.”

On top of the violence, the living conditions at Parchman are reportedly “abhorrent” and “medieval.” The suit states that cells often lack power and water, and they frequently flood from both rainwater and broken toilets, filling spaces with sewage that further leaks out into common spaces. Additionally, the potable water system at Parchman is allegedly contaminated with feces and the food is often dried, spoiled or “adulterated with rat feces, cockroaches, rocks, bird droppings, and other foreign matter.”

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Attorneys filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Mississippi State Penitentiary on behalf of 152 Attorneys in both are being paid by entertainment mogul Jay - Z , rapper Yo Gotti and Team Roc, the Mississippi prison officials have told state budget writers for years that prisons are short-staffed

Yo Gotti and Jay - Z ’s Team Roc are suing Mississippi prison officials over “inhumane” prison conditions , Clarion Ledger reports. The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday against Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Pelicia Hall and Superintendent of the Mississippi State

Inmates seeking health services, the suit claims, are rarely able to obtain any help. The process to see a doctor requires filling out a “sick call” request form, which isn’t readily available, and can only be submitted by guards, nurses, or floor walkers. If a request form is submitted, it can then take weeks for an inmate to receive a response. And if they are able to see a doctor, the suit notes that a visit to the medical clinic costs $40, “far more than the average insurance copay.”

As a result, the suit claims that inmates will “insert their own catheters, treat their own stab wounds, vomit up blood, teeter on the verge of diabetic comas, and suffer through seizures without medical care. Even a broken neck can go without treatment at Parchman, with the inmate being left to suffer through his injury while sleeping on exposed, steel bedsprings with no mattress.”

Mental health care at Parchman, the suit alleges, “is virtually nonexistent.” There’s “no legitimate mental health screening program for inmates” or treatment options for previously-diagnosed inmates. Suicidal inmates are allegedly ignored, and the suit claims that one inmate who died this year, Thomas Lee, hung himself after “pleading with a guard to help him.”

Following the first suit that Jay-Z, Yo Gotti and Team ROC filed, the Department of Justice launched an investigation into the conditions at Parchman and three other Mississippi prisons.

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