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Crime JAY-Z, Yo Gotti, and Team ROC File Lawsuit Over Mississippi Prison Conditions

13:16  11 july  2020
13:16  11 july  2020 Source:   pitchfork.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 .

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Yo Gotti, JAY-Z posing for the camera: during The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. © Yo Gotti, JAY-Z (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for NARAS). during The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

JAY-Z, Yo Gotti, and Team ROC have helmed legal action on behalf of 227 Mississippi inmates at Parchman Prison, Pitchfork can confirm via legal documents. The class action lawsuit has been brought against the new Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Nathan Burl Cain and prison healthcare provider Centurion. The complaint urges Cain and Centurion to address allegedly subpar living conditions at Parchman. Find the full lawsuit below.

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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

Jay - Z , Yo Gotti and Team Roc are continuing their efforts to help with prison reform. On Wednesday (Feb. 26), the social justice department of Roc Nation filed a The lawsuit also says that internal riots have been ongoing since Dec. 29, 2019 because of the poor conditions , and have resulted in at least

In addition to the lawsuit, Yo Gotti and Team ROC’s attorneys had several Parchman inmates submit sworn COVID-19 questionnaire forms (viewed by Pitchfork) detailing the lack of COVID-19 testing protocol at the prison. The returned questionnaires describe a lack of social distancing, PPE, and more at the penitentiary.

“The situation in Parchman is dire,” Yo Gotti said in a press release. He continued:

More and more of the incarcerated population are reaching out for help and pleading for immediate medical attention, especially as the coronavirus threatens their lives. Mississippi Governor Reeves, Commissioner Burl Cain and Centene—as the parent company of Parchman’s healthcare provider Centurion—can’t continue to neglect this tragedy and let the death toll rise. We will hold them accountable and fight for the rights of the incarcerated.

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Today's filing follows a previous lawsuit that Carter, Mims and Team ROC submitted in early-January on behalf of 29 inmates against the Mississippi Department of Corrections " Prisoner -on- prisoner violence is rampant, and, at times, is facilitated by corrupt guards seeking to curry favor with inmates.

Jay - Z Phil Bryant Yo Gotti Mississippi Mississippi prisons inhumane treatment of inmates. But don’t ever say that Yo Gotti and Jay - Z didn’t use their powers for good. Alex Spiro—a New York lawyer representing Roc Nation—signed the letter on behalf of Team Roc , which is the

The complaint alleges that Parchman Prison has been “understaffed and underfunded for decades,” which has resulted in inadequate healthcare (physical and mental), the overuse of isolation, and “constant violence.” The lawsuit also cites multiple alleged hygiene issues within Parchman Prison, including a potable water system contaminated with human feces, the presence of black mold, vermin, inmates’ limited access to showers, and more. “The conditions inside Parchman are medieval,” the complaint states at one point.

Elsewhere in the suit, Plaintiffs mention the status of inmates’ meals at Parchman, stating that, “the kitchen facilities and food service at Parchman are nauseating,” and claiming that a June 2019 inspection by the Mississippi Health Department found “containers of dried, spoiled and molded food, flies and other pests in the kitchen, food maintained in coolers at unsafe temperatures, collapsing ceilings, and other unhealthy food preparation and storage conditions.” Inmates allegedly receive meals that are undercooked and served at unsafe temperatures, and sometimes, tainted with vermin.

Plaintiffs are requesting that the court order Defendants to develop and implement a plan to address current conditions at Parchman within 90 days.

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