Jay-Z And Yo Gotti Demanding Strict COVID-19 Testing In Mississippi Prison
As we previously reported, Jay-Z, Yo Gotti, and their organization Team Roc are claiming that The Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman is not doing enough to protect its inmates from the coronavirus pandemic, and have the statistics to prove it.
Team Roc’s lawyers have filed documents this week, accusing the prison of failing to properly test its inmates amidst reports of a coronavirus outbreak among a small sample of inmates. According to reports of July 30, only 132 Parchman prisoners of more than 2,000 had been tested for COVID-19, and among those 132, 33 percent tested positive. These stats show that there is indeed a coronavirus crisis hitting the prison population. Team Roc is claiming that cases are continuing to rise and one inmate died last week as a result of the virus.
The prison is allegedly failing to isolate inmates that are infected with the virus. Team Roc claims 3 prisoners who had tests pending were recklessly moved to different units with no precautions, their results came back positive. Roc also claims the prison staff also comes up short on its screening process for visitors and says staff members don’t universally wear PPE, which brings up concerns that attorneys and outsiders have been exposed to the virus.