Team ROC hosts rally against Mississippi’s prison system

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Team ROC and social activists protested at the Mississippi State Capitol about the issues at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. Many attendees gave emotional testimonies for the loved ones in the prison system.

“He ain’t bathed in 30 days. They were using the bathroom in garbage bags. They’re killing rats to any way they know how to preserve any bit of food they do get,” said the wife of a Parchman inmate.

With 10 recent inmate deaths, family members and community activists are worried another inmate death could happening again.

“Unreal. Inhuman. Disgusting. That prison needs to shut down. Parchman’s a disgrace,” said Tallulah West, who has a friend in Parchman.

Mississippi native and Hip Hop artist Big Krit said he felt the need to be at Friday’s rally, and he’s not the only celebrity who feels Parchman inmates need justice.

“All the people that’s higher up obviously had to know about this and know what’s going on. Because a lot of people that’s on the ground here have been fighting for this for years,” said Big Krit.

“I think it’s time for us to really hold the people accountable that need to be held accountable. The governor, to the correctional facilities, all of the people involved, said Yandy Smith, star of Love and Hip-Hop.

The rally also brought students from local colleges, like Tougaloo, who felt the need to be a voice for the young adults.

“I think it’a very important that we come out here and let them know that they deserve equity, equality, whether they’re a criminal or non-criminal,” said Terriyana Bailey, President of Tougaloo College NAACP.

Team ROC and the countless organizations said this is just the beginning to get justice for inmates and closing Parchman.

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