More than 150 inmates in Mississippi prisons file a class action lawsuit against the state due to terrible conditions
The 152 inmates in the Parchman Correctional Facility, Mississippi, have already filed a second class action lawsuit against state authorities that allowed the creation of unsuitable conditions for holding convicted criminals.
According to the lawsuit, the prison authorities regularly violated the rights of prisoners by not providing medical assistance to those in need, refusing to provide mental assistance, and also fed expired and contaminated food. According to the prisoners, the security thus avenged meetings and conversations with their lawyers.
"The conditions of confinement at Parchman are so barbaric, the deprivation of health and mental health care so extreme, and the defects in security so severe, that the people confined at Parchman live a miserable and hopeless existence confronted daily by imminent risk of substantial harm in violation of their rights afforded by the U.S. Constitution," the complaint said, reports CBS News.
In the first lawsuit, eight other prisoners were the plaintiffs, who were assisted in filing the lawsuit by two popular rappers Yo Gotti and Jay-Z's Team Roc. It is reported that their complaint was triggered by 19 deaths of prisoners in less than 60 days.
“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.
According to official information, lawyers cite the fact that many prisoners suffer from deadly diseases such as “cancer, lupus and serious heart defects,” but prisons do not provide any heath care.
"Broken bones, abscesses, diabetes and a host of other injuries and maladies routinely go without examination, much less medically effective treatment, at Parchman," the new complaint said.
In their defense, the prison authorities are trying to justify their inaction by saying that "they do not have enough staff." The lawsuit says that today more than 800 vacancies in federal prisons are open, but prison officials hide the fact of corruption in prisons.
The full text of the lawsuit can be found below.