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

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The class motion grievance particulars subpar hygiene protocols, lack of correct healthcare, and extra at Mississippi State Penitentiary Parchman 

Yo Gotti and JAYZ and a black tie event.
Yo Gotti, JAY-Z (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for NARAS).

JAY-Z, Yo Gotti, and Team ROC have helmed authorized motion on behalf of 227 Mississippi inmates at Parchman Prison, Pitchfork can affirm by way of authorized paperwork. The class motion lawsuit has been introduced in opposition to the brand new Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Nathan Burl Cain and jail healthcare supplier Centurion. The grievance urges Cain and Centurion to handle allegedly subpar dwelling situations at Parchman. Find the total lawsuit beneath.

In addition to the lawsuit, Yo Gotti and Team ROC’s attorneys had a number of Parchman inmates submit sworn COVID-19 questionnaire varieties (seen by Pitchfork) detailing the dearth of COVID-19 testing protocol on the jail. The returned questionnaires describe a scarcity of social distancing, PPE, and extra on the penitentiary.

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

More and extra of the incarcerated inhabitants are reaching out for assist and pleading for speedy medical consideration, particularly because the coronavirus threatens their lives. Mississippi Governor Reeves, Commissioner Burl Cain and Centene—because the dad or mum firm of Parchman’s healthcare supplier Centurion—can’t proceed to neglect this tragedy and let the dying toll rise. We will maintain them accountable and struggle for the rights of the incarcerated.

The grievance alleges that Parchman Prison has been “understaffed and underfunded for decades,” which has resulted in insufficient healthcare (bodily and psychological), the overuse of isolation, and “constant violence.” The lawsuit additionally cites a number of alleged hygiene points inside Parchman Prison, together with a potable water system contaminated with human feces, the presence of black mildew, vermin, inmates’ restricted entry to showers, and extra. “The conditions inside Parchman are medieval,” the grievance states at one level.

Elsewhere within the swimsuit, Plaintiffs point out the standing 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 discovered “containers of dried, spoiled and molded meals, flies and different pests within the kitchen, meals maintained in coolers at unsafe temperatures, collapsing ceilings, and different unhealthy meals
preparation and storage situations.” Inmates allegedly obtain meals which might be undercooked and served at unsafe temperatures, and generally, tainted with vermin.

Plaintiffs are requesting that the court docket order Defendants to develop and implement a plan to handle present situations at Parchman inside 90 days.