U.S. authorities ask public for info about MS prisons

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The lawsuit was filed Tuesday, January 14 in federal court docket, claiming that the 2 officers did nothing to cease violence that has left 5 inmates lifeless previously two weeks.

Gotti, whose real name is Mario Mims, is filing a lawsuit on behalf of almost 30 MS state prisoners who are being subjected to deplorable conditions within the prison. The attorneys said they meant to sue the state over inmates being "forced to live in squalor". These deaths are a direct result of Mississippi's total disregard for the people it has imprisoned and their constitutional rights.

The lawsuit seeks damages for the inmates and an order forcing the Mississippi Department of Corrections to take action.

In addition to the deaths, an unknown number of people were injured in the recent violence. Due to the inadequate funding that has led to prisons being understaffed, violence is prevalent and inmates "live in squalor, endangering their physical and mental health". 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. The suit also asks the judge to "provide safe and clean conditions free from filth and vermin and with adequate access to exercise, outdoor recreation, showers, lighting sanitation, plumbing, ventilation, and other basic human needs".


Jay-Z and Gotti beforehand mentioned in a letter that Spiro despatched to Corridor and Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant that they had been "ready to pursue all potential avenues to acquire reduction for the individuals residing in Mississippi's prisons and their households".

Yo Gotti and Team Roc- the philanthropic arm of Jay-Z's entertainment company, Roc Nation - were able to get legal representation for the inmates to be able to sue, Yo Gotti's publicist Didier Morais told CNN.

"They share the common injustice of being in a facility that's inhumane", Spiro said. "We lock up these people and forget about them".

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