C-Murder has joined a hunger strike at Angola Prison in Louisiana, protesting the conditions that he and other inmates claim they are suffering through.
The rapper, who is currently serving a life sentence connected to a murder outside of a Harvey, Louisiana nightclub, joined in a hunger strike to hopefully improve the conditions of the notorious lock-up. In a phone interview with AllHipHop Miller decried the way that prisoners are treated and took particular aim at the prison’s warden.
“Only in Angola can a Warden be arrested for r*pe and continue to serve as an officer in this Louisiana Penal System,” C-Murder said. “This Warden has an abundant amount of racism and physical harm complaints against him from other inmates. We need an investigation now.”
The former rapper also alleges that guards are murdering inmates and then reporting their deaths as suicides. The strikers also allege that the administration of the prison provided poor medical care, physically abused, violated them, and otherwise abused their power.
Three Angola officers were recently arrested and charged with bringing drugs into the prison or having relations with inmates. The Times-Picayune reports that all three officers were sergeants.
One woman was found in possession of synthetic marijuana while another had quite a bit more. According to the Picayune’s report Keyshawnna Rogers was found with 101 ecstasy pills and six grams of cocaine, 1.1 ounces of THC and a hand-rolled cigarette full of synthetic THC.
Miller recently lost a lawsuit finding him civilly liable for the death and was ordered to pay $1.15 million to the victim’s family.
“For my clients, it’s been a 15-year odyssey,” the family’s attorney Trey Mustian told The Advocate. “They’ve been through a great deal, and it means a lot to us to bring some closure to this.”
He said that the suit was more vindication for the family than seeking an actual monetary reward, but he said they are open to seizing the rapper’s future earnings.
“That’s the route that we would have to go,” Mustian said. “We would have to try to seize (Miller’s earnings), and I’m certainly going to make an effort to do that.”
“I think it’s more a vindication of their son than any potential monetary award,” he closed. “They wanted to see it through for their son.”
It’s far from the first time that Miller has made headlines while in prison. While hoping that the Louisiana Supreme Court would take up his case, Murder released a song called “Dear Supreme Court” that appeared to have been recorded from inside the prison. However, officials were unable to prove that Miller had done anything illegal.
Louisiana DOC spokeswoman Pam Laborde apologized for the release all the same.
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“The department regrets that the victim’s family (and much of the public) cannot be spared from this,” Laborde said in a written statement. “However, it appears that associates of the offender are responsible for content on these pages, and it is very difficult for investigators to remove the pages.”
Miller and many of his associates maintain his innocence about the night in question and his trial has been called into question several times. However, Miller is serving a life sentence for the time being.
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