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Jay-Z, Yo Gotti Expose Mississippi Prison Conditions With Lawsuit, Four Part Documentary

Jay-Z, Yo Gotti Expose Mississippi Prison Conditions With Lawsuit, Four Part Documentary

Jay-Z, Yo Gotti and Team Roc are working to shed light on the prison industrial complex. In January, Jay, Gotti and their team sued Mississippi prison officials over inhumane prison conditions. According to Clarion The suit was filed against Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Pelicia Hall and Superintendent of the Mississippi State Penitentiary of Parchman Marshal Turner on behalf of 29 inmates.

A second lawsuit has now been filed on behalf of 152 additional inmates suffering inhumane conditions at Parchman prison. The suit alleges that a lack of funding and inadequate staff 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.” The suit continues: “The conditions of confinement at Parchman are so barbaric, the deprivation of health and mental healthcare so extreme, and the defects in security so severs, that the inmates 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.

 

A 20-minute documentary is being released by Roc Nation as well, with disturbing never before seen footage of the conditions inside the facility and commentary from inmates family members, politicians and activists.

 

The lawsuit alleges that nine inmates have died this year at Parchman and that there is one guard, who is usually female for every 160 inmates. This lack of security allows violence to from prisoner to prisoner to flourish. Following the first lawsuit by Jay -Z, Yo Gotti and Roc Nation the Department of Justice launched an investigation to look into the conditions at Parchman and three other Mississippi prisons.

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