Jay-Z & Yo Gotti’s Advocacy Efforts Help Justice Department Find Unconstitutional Conditions At Mississippi Prison
Today, the @TheJusticeDept determined that the Mississippi State Penitentiary (also known as Parchman) violates the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, pic.twitter.com/yQXLFnuWru
— Team Roc (@teamroc) April 20, 2022
In February 2022, Roc Nation announced it was teaming up with the A&E Network to create a docuseries ‘Exposing Parchman’ which will explore the Mississippi correctional system. According to a press release, the four-part program follows the long efforts to reform the Mississippi correctional system, led by the inmates of Parchman Prison.
Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division Kristen Clarke said in a statement,
“The Constitution guarantees that all people incarcerated in jails and prisons are treated humanely, that reasonable measures are taken to keep them safe, and that they receive necessary mental health care, treatment, and services to address their needs.”
“Our investigation uncovered evidence of systemic violations that have generated a violent and unsafe environment for people incarcerated at Parchman. We are committed to taking action that will ensure the safety of all people held at Parchman and other state prison facilities.”
Yo Gotti issued a statement showing appreciation to the Justice Department for doing a thorough investigation.
“My heart goes out to the incarcerated men who have suffered without access to clean water, food and healthcare and the families that tragically lost loved ones in the process. I will continue to stand up for the voiceless until they receive justice they deserve. I’m grateful for the U.S. Department of Justice’s thorough report to hold the Mississippi Department of Corrections accountable for the cruel and inhumane treatment of the incarcerated population.”