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Mississippi prisons under investigation due to increased death rate of prisoners

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In the past two months, at least 15 people have died in four Mississippi prisons. In connection with these indicators, the US Department of Justice launched an investigation in defense of the civil rights of prisoners.

According to CBS News, convicted criminals are deprived of water, electricity and even a place to sleep throughout the prison term. On top of all this, cells are infested by rats and insects.

“The lawsuit claims state prisons do not provide basic necessities, such as a place to sleep. Inmates are allegedly forced to live amid flooding, overflows of raw sewage, black mold, rat infestations and lack of running water and electricity,” reports CBS News.

It is reported that a class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of Rapper Yo Gotti and Team Roc alleging that people were dying due to lack of funding. Yo Gotti also gave a short interview to The Breakfast Club Radio.

 

"We're hopeful their findings will lead to statewide reforms to these facilities. However, until we receive tangible commitments to shut these prisons down and move inmates to safer facilities, we will proceed with our lawsuit," Yo Gotti stated to CBS News.

 

According to a letter from Representative Bennie G. Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi to Justice Department, not only the lack of care of officials and authorities, but the prisoners themselves are to blame. In some prisons, gangs control the prisons and the guards only watch so that no one escapes.

“The Mississippi prison system is in a state of acute and undeniable crisis,” the letter states, reports The New York times.

Mississippi prisons under investigation due to increased death rate of prisoners

 

 

Image: Mississippi State Department of Health

Author: Usa Really