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people watch the movies in a have to take on what prison is like but they don't know. what it is to be and we have to take aim we're inside. a whole lot of things but mean to each other but. when you and i. have to make do so you try to figure out which. we have to. take to wash all clothes. put your clothes in a bag. or you take them to the laundry and. you don't know which. you might. be not good at all. in the prison it's coming through the wall you bring it to be in the field. so
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a lot of people. and the unit to be the newest the most modern unit. the infrastructure is crumbling and it's visible to anybody who even walks into the you know normally when you go to a visit on unit $29.00 it's going to be going to be cold either it's going to be extremely cold outside or is going to be extremely hot inside normally in temperatures in excess of $100.00 degrees there's no action there's no act. in a ventilated area. and in the actual pods in the sales that whole guys they have no circulation that you normally would see the list and they're laying on the coal for because you know it's when a man is in. a hole in their home. so
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during the summer months there holding in all the cool air so the gas just laid bare bare chested on the floor it's not uncommon to see 5 or 6 guys just laid out in a sale on the floor vironment is visible in the visiting area rats roaches spiders. and little fire fighters mosquitoes to fasten. walls any if they want to see in the corners of the facility and these are areas where the public are. allowed i mean there's nothing new about what's happening in march and i would say in very recent history i think 2 summers ago in august there was basically every other day most of them parchin and in a little bit further back history if we look at the 1970 s. there's this successful suit that they. are sort of people win against the state that leads to the end of the trustee system and that was around cruel and unusual
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punishment so as long as the prison has existed there have been these sort of cruel inhuman conditions and what we're going to continue to see and have seen in the past is these. periods where the state violence is sort of most apparent to us but for people who are incarcerated that state violence every day i would never drink the water or i don't want to wash my hands in the bathroom because when you turned water on it's literally the color of my water fountains when they were the same way they were they come on the water fountains you're too scared to drink the guards will tell you not to drink guards give me about water because i didn't have any they went to water but my clients want that water out of the water barriers between 2 ways it's either to chlorinate it or it smells like sewage and so all the pipes leak right so the gas had their socks around the leaky pipes and so if that's not so brown. they know not to drink the water if the socks are why they know
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chlorine is in the water we can wash our clothes and if you don't drink the water you're going to drink it at that time if there is a boil water notice in the area the gas will get by the water they're still forced to drink that water they take their medication what water that smells like they take medication in water that visibly if you put it in a cup and they have the gas will take it they let the water sit and they let all the. particles go to the bottom and then they just drink the water. conditions at parchin have been this way for. behind me is the mississippi state penitentiary known locally as parchment prison where an astounding 9 individuals have died in the past month alone since the start of the new year reports of everything from fights and fires and suicides to insufficient food and water supplies power outages and individuals sleeping on the
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floors have been reported and a mountain of human rights abuses are allegedly going on behind these walls we traveled here today to speak with locals activists politicians celebrities and everyone in between and to try and figure out why these things are happening here parchment and what can be done to fix the problem in order to understand the current crisis inside parchment you have to go way back in history and understand the prisons roots of former governor of mississippi an open wife supremacist james k. vardaman was instrumental in creating the mississippi state prison he believed that the money made from convict leasing and chain gang should go to the state instead of private entities and those of the mississippi state penitentiary was born the prison itself is a reform so parchment prison comes about at the turn of the last century as a as a way to sort of. undo what some people are see as the problems of the comically system and in particular. the governor at the time james vardaman who is an
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unapologetic white supremacist actually runs on a campaign of white supremacy. believed that the problem with comic leasing was not really the sort of. human rights abuse that it was but rather that he saw it as sort of lining the pockets of the plantation class that he was a white supremacist populist and believe that this sort of state run plantation style prison would instead be a way of sort of socializing african-americans to their place which he saw as manual labor the reform that led to the establishment of parchment was also way it's a crime assist in its intent so as i mentioned james james part of the person who established. parchment and he used to actually incarcerated people on the grounds of parchment with bloodhounds for sport so if you think about that kind of context in which this place is born there's really no segregating white supremacy.
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of the timeline the so there were about 4 or 5 it's 3 or 4 days between december 29th and jane where 2nd either on january 2nd in the o.c. issued a statement stating that everything was under control however on january 3rd 2 more people died as a result of incidents that occurred with. one of the indio see it was still that throughout the state we did a timeline breakdown of everything that was occurring once we did that time last week we deployed the article on twitter facebook all of our platforms and certainly it began to go really viral we posted a video image. that was sent to us of several mean being housed in a. in unit 32 of parchment unit 32 of parchment has been condemned and closed down
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since 2009 says 2000 that suffered for over 10 years and that was closed down with a.c.l.u. into the agreement with the city state prison for parchment to close it down the reason it was closed down was because it was a hill holding an essential it was a it was a place where where 6 of the people that were being housed there it was the different facility it was the place where where people who were very sick was also being housed but it was also a place that was a violent place to say the least essentially the a.c.l.u. decided that this facility should no longer be open so for 10 years this this place had been closed down in this was the place that. these these incarcerated people were moved to this was still a t. now is flooded it has black mold in it they have no mattresses it basically has not been maintained in 10 years it was continue to be able to in years ago but we have
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video surfaces of these men inside of this facility and we had already told the story that no other new site was telling with regard to those men being in unit 32 nobody else had disclosed it because they didn't have the inside information once we got it we shared it and we share the video and the video went viral on twitter it was shared by. many hip hop artists and entertainers on twitter instagram can people like t.i. david banner and big create i think even so a lot of rappers have really been vocal about it parchment is located at least 2 hours away from any major cities making it difficult for lawyers and their members and having kids to visit in recent months in person really people have used contraband cell phones to share videos and photos of their conditions on social media. and in the news a voice transparency in a deadly situation. one of the prison officials allege that prison gangs are to
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blame for the mounting drives emerged and many are pushing against that narrative stating that the inhuman conditions are driving people beyond sanity i think now all of that being on inside all this technology that now we're going to have people now they're going to be able to see inside and i think this was threatening to. the people that are supposed to be in charge of the prisons not disappoint i think this is what's threatening to warm because you can't you've got so many people and so much of that is around so much controversy and they were going there you can't you can't really control or find out who would a get rich this from who and so it's going to continue to leak we're going to change them no more things that continue to slip because people are getting old but now people are also coming up get the main way their prisons have been able to skirt any type of regulation authority around issues involving prisoners and litigation pretty much came out of the night and if i'm in congress passed the
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prison litigation reform act and what that was is that at that time congress was seeing in prisons we're seeing a large number of prisoners filing suits about the conditions that they lived in and it was causing a backlog and a backlog. in the system and so congress wanted a way to limit the rights of prisoners to bring federal lawsuits about the conditions that they were being confined and so what the p.l.r. a does is that it basically calls for prisoners to allow their captors time and notice to fix issues that are conditions based so basically what you have to do is that you have to say you have to say to the people who are holding you in these conditions hey. this is why artists males like for this water tastes like laurie and then you have to give those people are reasonable amount of time to
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address before you can move on. to even file a lawsuit against prison. the world is driven by dream shaped by one person. thinks. we dare to ask.
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a young people for a while you know it's up to them to make it in their own image and the money els and jan see i'm a boomer you know i already had the. 40 or 50 year experience in the united states post world war 2 coast landing do you know stock markets never had a work day in my life because of that and you know so it's up to them to decide what's great make it great and good luck with. time after time corporations repeat the same mantra sustainability very important to excel or transition to sustainable transport sustainability. more equitable and sustainable world. they claim their production is completely harmless. paulo disapproved. of smugglers and. companies want us to feel good about buying their products while the damage is
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being done far away and this is something all of this must keep going down even as i'm leaving what. the sun moves in unison we didn't dream and i'm stunned seemed to be based on disconnect with who is going into. the system is working. this make clear is not a broken criminal justice system the criminal justice system is door what it was designed to do steal kill and destroy. people it's working what needs to happen with the system this terrorist system apart. that's what needs to happen because if we don't repeal it put some lousy imply
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we're going to keep this repetitive cycle. that only rubio will you bring different people to the table with different absolute in the way the mississippi you will always have been the good old boy rule right but i believe that this generation lose chroma. the good old boys won't work for them it's not the gang leaders who are feeding them only one meal a day it's not the gang leaders who are not repairing. the plumbing where they can get water i mean more than just one water bottle a day south a gang leaders who are leaving trash everywhere i mean this is obviously a problem with the state of mississippi when we think of prisoners we don't think humans we think criminals we think gang members we think murder. we don't think that over half the population in prison are meant for victimless crimes we don't think these are indeed humans who deserve human rights. we want to think that
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they're terrible people so whenever the state tells us that they're terrible people we feel like it's ok they get treated terribly and that's just not the case for most prisoners are not there for any other reason than possibly smoking a plant or doing some other victimless crime harshman for example you have the a.a.r.p. process which is called the administrative remedy process and the way it's supposed to work is that there is supposed to be a box each unit on each zone needs to hear and there are supposed to be these little forms that you can fill out in it and it has to in you can only bring up one issue at a time and it has to be so specific as to give the m.t.o. 3 reasonable notice to fix your problem before you can move on and so is this there is a 3 step process 1st you fill out the a.a.r.p. and you tell them which your complaint is and you put it in the box and you hope to get a response if you don't get a response within 30 days you would answer the 2nd step and the 2nd step is i did
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not get a response as they all want to respond. you put that in the box they have 30 days to respond and then and only then if you have gotten no response in 60 days then if you can found somebody to file a lawsuit on your behalf against b.o.c. to do so it makes it virtually impossible to file to get any kind of remedy legally for a person who don't have any. solutions to the problems that parchment are difficult but they do exist holding a lead to deficiency in prison officials accountable is on the lips of everyone i spoke with as well as creative solutions to addressing the issue people that are making decisions about what should happen with prisons. should be preserved. have not a clue what's really going on you've got the wrong people at the table you know you need those who play at the table they really care people that are connected to the
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issue at hand people who have had family members behind you know the bars how can you really connect how can you really see what you're willing to see and be human and it's see people as human if you have not been through the experience that one way or the other whether you've been a family member and had a family member in there or locked up to hold somebody accountable for what's happening now you almost have to do. because it go back so far it didn't just or it didn't just happen you just keep getting people in position to not change and it is the problem but in order to deal with hold of somebody accountable you've got to go way back so was ham you got to actually have legislators and people actually going to the facility actually talking to people like they're people and not just walking me ignoring them like you're looking at the pain on the wall but actually human masm bring on me and you know found out that they ask him that name you know
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make them human because they can help you solve the problems they can tell you was needed they could fix it guess guess who bought light on is not a. not in any other organization not even the state of mississippi the inmates the prisoners are 100 percent in charge 100 percent in short. all the media attention has pressurize out the more the abuse the abnormal use the hand the walls we've lived the hand the world and you're going to have offices this going to say oh. yeah really i'm a jam moved today you get channel 3 for fat. guy washington whoever here and guess would they go now. and you go shower when
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i say you can shall you go eat when i say you can eat and guess what i say take your reckon take it now that's the reality it was going on behind the walls in the prison with luggage and in lockdown in this in a state but especially in mississippi is a time for dio say out to more to allow staff who are rated been overworked to have time off so this is a lot of this going on even more pressure rises a pressure situation. we want you to 29 should we want any brothers or sisters inside you know 32 to be our unit 32 we were partially a showdown in the interim. immediately what we want is for those brothers and sisters assad to have better food better health care better mental health care we want them to be treated like human beings we want them to be able to have access to
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their family existed to their representation because these are things that they're being that now right now just the sheer volume of which you have to try and do in this year man a time in the amount of money that it takes to even without any litigations about conditions we can take the alabama department of corrections case as an example that's a 6 year lift. you know organizers and have attorneys see to even get it to a point to where they can bring alabama department corrections to the table in mississippi. question when he let the health department last week the reason is the health department is can the before. but since that time they refused to allow those brothers access to to the necessary things and we want people out of the ultimately we want them to media we reinstate parole for those who have the ability to have access to parole we want them to. release those who have been healed all not in the finances on drug offenses to de coster rate this
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system also really and i'll be honest with you to goal is to abolish this system started over you know what i mean like reboot because we've never had a say in this process whether this is a sad nobody had a say in this process but this process has always come down on us is very defensive . we demand that whatever changes come in a transformative way the the problem of the prison and prison organizing has remained the same over time which is visibility it's how do you draw attention to these dark sites across the country when they're specifically designed to sort of prevent the public from understanding and empathizing in and knowing how to. address the problem so i think a starting point for all of these campaigns is greater connectivity between people outside and inside so we make sure that we are responding to people's needs inside and also aware of the conditions and creating sort of networks. so that when we
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have these episodes of extreme violence where able to better address the sort of everyday violence as well as it gets more and more attention we get more and more leaders stepping up who are using their voices and using their their power 70 or their power to create a voice for. for the incarcerated for that we're still trying to be centric on the voices of the actual prisoners i know they have they're bringing in celebrities who are taking their own actions and what not but our thing is we're talking directly right now to incarcerated people and to direct family members of people who are incarcerated because when we look at the root cause and the root solutions of what needs to be done these are the people who are closest to the issue and they're going to know what they need done a thing a lot of time people have had to listen to speak almost they didn't have a wall. or because they have time knowledge or heard someone else speak about it
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they may feel is deliverable voice booked into you won't do much she argue you room in the right it's hard to explain to people who. you it expert. if you went to school to learn criminal justice reform or you went to law school or you now been elected now this you you want to be the expert you want to have the answers you pay. the price of educating yourself to be the expert and then when you have some matter come alone you do time in prison. now tell you what you need this is what you need a lot of why. the criminal justice system in what's happening here in mississippi is happening because we have deafen our sadness the voices of the people they need to be heard because here we are 30 plus years in the gang and we
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still haven't been hurt although i hope that we have being heard you heard your ear . if our state has heard us desta key because we can have people come from all over the world even local give media attention to it but the only way we know that we've been hurt is because chang or the ride but it's a cause for pride pressure conditions that's what makes this a pressure just like water was a bust of a water pipe if you put too much pressure on it and. everything that's happening. right now it disappoint so say. lobsang loss. for no reason. people in sales. are not supposed to be. doing it's not good. not good it's called as it's causing death.
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to prison and you want to go imprison me. go to prison you own. but not to disc a pass to. this is the worst i've ever heard. say to my brothers and sisters. feel your. pain. and we have a stout from the day we. took the current moment and we just asked him stand down is strict in the was. there a week in areas where you can stop valley. where you can encourage to. do they just like you would embrace want would love. you if you want. a like you desire only intact. and to know you have people on your work in a way to for you to.
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