Jay-Z and Yo Gotti Lawsuit Leads Prison Healthcare Provider to Cut Ties With Mississippi Prison

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Correctional facility healthcare supplier Centurion, accused of contributing to subpar circumstances at Mississippi’s Parchman jail, has terminated its contract with the state

Yo Gotti and JayZ attend Roc Nation THE BRUNCH
Yo Gotti and Jay-Z attend Roc Nation THE BRUNCH at One World Observatory on January 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Roc Nation)

Earlier this month, Jay-Z, Yo Gotti, and Team ROC helped safe authorized illustration for 227 inmates at Mississippi’s Parchman Prison, enabling them to file a category motion lawsuit towards the brand new Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Nathan Burl Cain and jail healthcare supplier Centurion, alleging subpar residing circumstances at Parchman. According to paperwork seen by Pitchfork, on Tuesday (July 28), Centurion served discover that it could be terminating its contract with the Mississippi Department of Corrections on October 5, 2020.

In a memo filed to the Greenville division of the United States District courtroom for the Northern District of Mississippi, Centurion CEO Steven H. Wheeler wrote to Cain that “we do not believe we can further improve the effectiveness of our level of care without additional investment from the Department in correctional staffing and infrastructure along the lines of what we have already recommended.”

Several Parchman inmates have submitted sworn COVID-19 questionnaire types detailing the dearth of COVID-19 testing protocol, social distancing, PPE, and extra on the penitentiary. The go well with alleged a number of hygiene points, together with a potable water system contaminated with human feces, the presence of black mould, vermin, inmates’ restricted entry to showers, and extra. It additionally alleged that kitchen services and meals companies on the jail have been unacceptable, claiming {that a} Mississippi Health Department inspection in 2019 had discovered “containers of dried, spoiled and molded food, flies and other pests in the kitchen,” amongst different “nauseating” circumstances.

Marcy Croft, an lawyer with Team ROC, issued the next assertion, referencing Centene, Centurion’s guardian firm:

We hope that Centene’s choice to finish its relationship with the
Mississippi Department of Corrections sends a transparent message to
Governor Tate Reeves—it’s time to put money into the well being and well-being
of the folks in your prisons. There is not any excuse for the 53 deaths
throughout the Mississippi jail system over the previous a number of months,
lots of which have been preventable. We is not going to cease till the
incarcerated obtain constant and competent medical care, particularly
now with the COVID-19 disaster. This have to be a precedence.