Yo Gotti, Team Roc File Pursuit on behalf of MS prisoners

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TMZ broke the story, Gotti enlisted Team Roc - the philanthropic arm of Jay-Z's Roc Nation - along with its own high-profile lawyer, Alex Spiro, to rep the offenders following a spike in mortal violence in several MS country prisons.

The lawsuit claims the men's lives are in danger due to understaffing and neglect in Mississippi's prisons.

Yo Gotti enlisted the help of a high-powered attorney from Team Roc, the philanthropic arm of Jay-Z's Roc Nation, to shine a harsh spotlight on the unsafe - and often deadly - conditions that have long plagued the prisons.

"The conditions in the prisons operated by the Mississippi Department of Corrections are absolutely inhumane and unconstitutional", he said in a press statement last week.

The special agent in charge of the FBI's Jackson division and Mississippi's two US attorneys say people should report possible civil rights violations or criminal activity. According to the complaint, black mold, infestations of rats and mice, floods and units without running water or electricity for days are among the deplorable conditions to which the detainees are subjected.

"These deaths are a direct result of Mississippi's utter disregard for the people it has incarcerated and their constitutional rights", the lawsuit says.

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The state then entered an emergency contract to move 375 of those inmates to a private prison nearby.

"We can not treat people this way, and it's time to do something about it", Alex Spiro, who co-signed that letter and also represents the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, said.

"The underfunding also forces people held in Mississippi's prison to live in squalor, endangering their physical and mental health", the action continues. "As a result, prison conditions fail to meet even the most basic human rights".

The lawsuit, filed in federal court on Tuesday, indicates that Parchman's maximum security prison is a barrel of powder after 3 deaths in the first week of 2020.

The lawsuit names three prison inmates who were killed earlier this year at the state penitentiary in Parchman, Miss.

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