Rapper Yo Gotti teamed up with Jay-Z and Roc Nation’s Team Roc to demand lawful action for Mississippi’s Parchman Prison.
Parchman has been plagued with ongoing fatal riots and pervasive neglect for years. Wounded inmates have been left for days before receiving any medical attention.
Team Roc held a protest on Friday, January 24, outside the Mississippi Capitol to rally for prison reform.
Three days later Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves used his first State of the State Address to respond to public outcry.
He stated that he’s “seen enough” and has “instructed the Mississippi Department of Corrections to begin the necessary work to start closing Parchman’s most notorious unit, Unit 29.”
In an exclusive statement to CBS News, Gotti expressed that Governor Tate’s plan is a good first step but not enough.
“Beyond that, he must implement broader safety measures to address similar issues in other units and urgently provide inmates with medical attention. In the interim, we’re calling for the Department of Justice to step in, move the Parchman inmates to federal prisons and ensure their immediate well-being.”
Team Roc has filed lawsuits of protection for multiple Parchman inmates. They also filed a federal lawsuit against the Mississippi Corrections Dept. ordering immediate action and reform of its prison system.
Following Governor Tate’s address, Team Roc released a video – captured by inmates with contraband cell phones – revealing horrid scenes of knife fights, bloodied injured bodies on the floor, putrid cell conditions of backed sewage, mold and no running water.
Timely response and basic human rights isn’t too much to ask.
You can sign the Team Roc petition for Mississippi prison reform by clicking here: teamroc.io/msreform