Published: Wed, January 15, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Yo Gotti, Team Roc File Lawsuit on Behalf of Mississippi Prisoners

Yo Gotti, Team Roc File Lawsuit on Behalf of Mississippi Prisoners

Spiro's statement went on: "This unthinkable spate of deaths is the culmination of years of severe understaffing and neglect at Mississippi's prisons".

Yo Gotti is a man of the sentence, following through with a lawsuit on behalf of nearly 30 MS state offenders surviving nightmarish, sometimes fatal ailments.

Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, and Yo Gotti, whose real name is Mario Mims, are not named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit, but they are the ones behind it. Lawyer Alex Spiro, who represents the Roc team, the Philanthropic Division of the Jay-Z Roc nation and one of the lawyers for the complainants, told Clarion Ledger that the complainants are located in Parchman, where the much of the recent violence. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday against Mississippi Correctional Department Commissioner Pelicia Hall and the Superintendent of Parchman State Penitentiary, Marshal Turner, on behalf of 29 detainees.

According to the trial, detainees are exposed to serious harm and are unprotected because there are simply not enough prison guards.

In a statement to NBC News, Mr Spiro said: "We can not treat people this way and it's time to do something about it".

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The lawsuit seeks damages for its offenders, and an arrangement forcing Mississippi's Dept. of Corrections to put out a strategy to tackle each of the problems... especially raising staff and cleaning up the sewer.

"The underfunding also forces people held in Mississippi's prison to live in squalor, endangering their physical and mental health", the action continues.

Last week, Spiro sent a letter to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and Hall on behalf of Jay-Z and Yo Gotti to "protest the inhumane conditions operated by the Mississippi Department of Corrections" and to threaten the lawsuit. As Mississippi has incarcerated rising numbers of individuals, it has dramatically diminished its funding of prisons.

The complaint accuses the prison official defendants of failing "to protect against prison-related violence and when prison conditions fail to meet basic human needs".

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