Jay-Z, Yo Gotti, and Team ROC file lawsuit against Mississippi over prison conditions

WASHINGTON (SBG) — Months after filing lawsuits on behalf of 29 Mississippi inmates citing neglect of their safety from COVID-19 by the state's prisons, Jay-Z, Yo Gotti, and Team Roc are going after the Mississippi State Penitentiary with yet another lawsuit.{/p}

With the COVID-19 pandemic{/a} ravaging through the nation, many have been left with little to no help in the effort to stay safe, healthy, and keep this deadly disease away. Prisons have been one of the hardest place hit by the pandemic, where prisoners are bunched together and struggle against the coronavirus. {/p}

However, there are those out there who are fighting to make prisons safer for inmates. Jay-Z, Yo Gotti and Team ROC have filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of 227 Mississippi inmates against Mississippi prisons and the state's new Department of Corrections Commissioner Nathan Burl Cain and Centurion, the health care provider for all Mississippi prisons, to address the unhealthy conditions that they have been living in during the pandemic.{/p}


According to Complex{/a}, the complaint states the deadly living conditions at the Mississippi State Penitentiary, also known as Parchman Farm, have not been properly addressed in the months since Yo Gotti and Team ROC filed their original lawsuit against the DOC officials over their lack of effort to address the situation. The plaintiffs claim these "cruel and tortuous" conditions that have been brought about due to COVID-19, are leading to increased violence and death. In COVID-19 questionnaire forms completed by Parchman inmates and sent in by Gotti and Team ROC's attorneys, many came back with reports the facility's lack of PPE, social distancing guidelines, and lack of medical treatment for those experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.


“The situation in Parchman is dire. 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,” Yo Gotti told Complex. “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.”


In the lawsuit against Cain and Centurion, a Team ROC lawyer argues that if the conditions at Parchman were found at an animal shelter, "media would swarm, arrests would be made, and those in charge would be on their way to jail as a result of public outrage over this criminal conduct."