You must view the READING: Lecture Spark 2 page before completing this assignmen

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Prompt: Explain how Mississippi violated the constitutional rights of people incarcerated at the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman.
Your essay should be 1-2 pages including an introduction and a conclusion. Please cite any sources used outside of what was provided in the lecture.
READING: Lecture Spark 2
U.S. Department of Justice Finds Evidence of 8th and 14th Amendment Violations at the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman
A two-year (Links to an external site.) federal investigation that was spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently found evidence (Links to an external site.) of unsafe and inhumane conditions at the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, Mississippi. In a statement, (Links to an external site.) Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke said that the DOJ’s civil rights division found (Links to an external site.) that certain practices at the prison violated both the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. These violations, according to Clarke (Links to an external site.), are a result of the facility’s failure to “provide adequate mental health treatment, failing to protect people at risk of self-harm, subjecting people to prolonged isolation in solitary confinement and failing to protect people from violence at the hands of other inmates.” The problems reported (Links to an external site.) at the prison were described as severe and systemic and said to have been exacerbated by serious deficiencies in staffing and supervision, which allowed widespread violence to occur. Investigators also found that in a span of a few years, ten inmates were victims of homicide, while twelve inmates died by suicide. The DOJ further that the Mississippi Department of Corrections had known about the deficiencies for years and that it had failed to take the measures necessary to address the violations. According to the Equal Justice Initiative (Links to an external site.), federal prosecutors can sue the state of Mississippi if it fails to address the unconstitutional conditions at Parchman, but Clarke said that she believes state officials will work with the department to address the problems.
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Key Points:
On Wednesday, April 20th, the U.S. Department of Justice released its findings on of a two-year federal investigation into the conditions at the Mississippi State Penitentiary.
Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke said that the DOJ’s civil rights division found that certain practices at the prison violated both the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
The problems at the prison were described as severe and systemic and said to have been exacerbated by serious deficiencies in staffing and supervision, which allowed widespread violence to occur.
Federal prosecutors can sue the state if it fails to remedy the unconstitutional conditions at Parchman, but Clarke said that she believes state officials will work with the department to address the problems.
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