Lawsuit says Mississippi prisons are 'plagued by violence'

Lula Sharp
January 15, 2020

The protesters called on the federal government to investigate Mississippi's prison system for possible civil rights violations.

The inmates claim all of the recent deaths are a byproduct of neglect and years of understaffing.

XXL reached out to the Department of Mississippi Corrections for comment.

According to NBC News, the rapper has filed a lawsuit against the head of the Mississippi Department of Corrections and the warden of the state penitentiary on behalf of 29 current inmates.

Yo Gotti is a man of his word, following legal action on behalf of almost 30 MS state prisoners enduring nightmarish, sometimes fatal, conditions.

Yo Gotti enlisted the help of a high-powered attorney from Team Roc, the philanthropic arm of Jay-Z's Roc Nation, to shine a harsh spotlight on the risky - and often deadly - conditions that have long plagued the prisons. They did not say how extensive a federal investigation might be.

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The lawsuit requests a judge to order the defendants to enact policies that will protect inmates from violence, provide an adequate amount of properly trained staff as well as provide safe and clean conditions along with other basic human needs.

"Plaintiffs' lives are in peril", the lawsuit states per the Clarion Ledger.

"These deaths are a direct results of Mississippi's utter disregard for the individuals it has incarcerated and their constitutional rights", in response to the lawsuit, which was filed on the U.S. District Court docket in Greenville, Mississippi. Last week, those attorneys sent a letter on behalf of Jay-Z to then-Gov.

The special agent in charge of the FBI's Jackson division and Mississippi's two USA attorneys say people should report possible civil rights violations or criminal activity.

Because of damage caused during the unrest, hundreds of prisoners were moved from one unit at the Parchman to another unit there that closed years ago because of decrepit conditions.

Bryant sought some increased prison funding, but not as much as $67 million.

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