Yo Gotti left Mississippi officials with a fair warning: Improve the conditions in its prisons where numerous inmates died, or prepare for a civil suit with the support of Roc Nation’s, Team Roc. When Mississippi officials didn’t budge, Gotti and Team Roc fired off a lawsuit.
The philanthropic branch of the media conglomerate leaked footage from contraband phones showing the inhumane conditions the inmates are living in. There are images of inmates engaging in physical fights with deadly weapons, and suffering from injuries while being confined in filthy cells.
The Memphis rapper was one of the high-profile figures to raise awareness of the issues and joined forces with Team Roc to file an emergency protective order on behalf of dozens of inmates.
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves claims he’s going to shut down Parchman Farms, one of the sections of the prison, but this of course only comes after being pressured by Gotti. But he disgustingly took the time out to talk about the contraband phones and cited that as the source of the violence.
The “Rake It Up” rapper responded to Reeves’ claims that he’s going to shut down a part of the prison. “Governor Reeves’ plan to close down a Parchman prison unit that has caused devastating deaths is a necessary first step,” Yo Gotti said. “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.”