Master P confirmed via Instagram last Wednesday that his brother, C-Murder is currently on a hunger strike as he serves his life sentence at Angola Prison in Louisiana.
Throughout his trials and sentence, C-Murder has maintained his innocence in the 2002 shooting death of 16-year-old Steve Thomas, for which he was sentenced to life in prison in 2009.
The hunger strike in which many inmates, including C-Murder, are participating was organized in response to “dire conditions” at Angola Prison. C-Murder delivered a statement to AllHipHop detailing the conditions and his feelings on “the abuse he has witnessed and experienced.”
In his statement, the rapper specifically references a 2016 incident in which the assistant warden at Angola was accused of a rape that reportedly took place on prison grounds. The charge against assistant warden Barrett Boecker was dropped in March 2017, and Boecker continues to be employed within the Louisiana State Penal System. C-Murder and his fellow inmates are using this hunger strike to collectively call for an “internal investigation,” amid this scandal and other complaints of racial injustice and unfair treatment by officers of those inhabiting the prison.
Angola is no stranger to scandal, as Burl Cain, of former warden notoriety, resigned in order to save face during an investigation into siphoning of funds from employee retirement accounts in 2015. Angola is notorious for incidents such as these, so this hunger strike has been a long time coming. Let’s hope C-Murder’s celebrity and Master P sharing his brother’s story contributes to a long overdue investigation into the conditions at Angola. No matter your feelings on C-Murder’s case, those within the prison system still deserve proper and humane treatment.
Prayers are up for C-Murder and the inmates of Angola!
– Courtney Quigley