PARCHMAN, Miss., March 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic grows in the US, and in the wake of two additional deaths, Yo Gotti and Team ROC – the philanthropic arm of Roc Nation – today are demanding the Mississippi Department of Corrections to develop a plan to prevent the spread of the virus among inmates within the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.
Inmates at Parchman have been forced to live in deadly environments that lack clean water, adequate food, electricity, heat, access to healthcare and clothing, among many other basic human necessities. While visitors are restricted from accessing the prison and visiting loved ones inside, the recent classification of COVID-19 as a pandemic and the rising death toll are cause for alarm in a penitentiary already low on resources.
"These inmates have been subjected to inhumane health and safety risks, and now have to deal with the uncertainty and potential devastation of the coronavirus, too," Yo Gotti said. "It is imperative that the Mississippi Department of Corrections implement a plan within Parchman to provide the medical resources necessary to protect inmates that might be exposed."
In addition to today's statement, Team ROC has been made aware of the deaths of two additional inmates within Parchman, one of which that has not yet been publicly announced. This brings the total amount of deaths up to 26.
In response to the deplorable living conditions, two lawsuits have been filed by Shawn "JAY-Z" Carter, Gotti and Team ROC. The first lawsuit – submitted in early-January on behalf of 29 inmates against the Mississippi Department of Corrections – paved the way for the Department of Justice to launch an investigation into Parchman.
The second, filed just last month, represents 152 inmates and calls for the court to order the Mississippi Department of Corrections to immediately address the barbaric prison conditions at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, as well as develop a plan that will eliminate the health and safety risks for inmates within 90 days.
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