Jay-Z & Yo Gotti Helping Prisoners In Mississippi Over Jail Abuse


Yo Gotti and Team Roc to hold prison reform rally in Mississippi.

Rappers Yo Gotti and Jay-Z have teamed up to bring legal action against the Mississippi Department of Corrections after five prisoners died violently in the state’s troubled prison system in the past month.

The pair helped file a federal lawsuit against the commissioner of the Mississippi Corrections Department, Pelicia E. Hall, and the superintendent of the Mississippi State Penitentiary, Marshall Turner, on behalf of more than two dozen inmates. The suit claims people are dying because the state “has failed to fund its prisons.

“Everybody is still human. They can’t live in inhumane conditions,” Yo Gotti said. “Some people are awaiting trial, some people can’t afford bonds. I don’t think it’s their fault.”

The lawsuit filed Tuesday calls the recent deaths a “culmination of years of severe understaffing and neglect.” New York lawyer Alex Spiro, who represents Jay-Z and his Roc Nation label, filed the suit in Mississippi’s federal court.

On January 9, Team Roc wrote a letter to the governor’s office and Hall, expressing that if “immediate steps” weren’t taken to address the problem, the team was “prepared to pursue all potential avenues to obtain relief for the people living in Mississippi’s prisons and their families.”

The letter called the prison deaths “predictable — and entirely preventable — consequences of Mississippi’s utter disregard for the people it has incarcerated.”

According to the lawsuit, prisons in the state do not even provide basic necessities, such as a place to sleep. Inmates are allegedly forced to live amid flooding, overflows of raw sewage, black mold, rat infestations and lack of running water and electricity.


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