Rapper Jay-Z on Tuesday sued two MS jail authorities for the benefit of 29 detainees who state specialists did nothing to stop savagery that has killed five detainees over the most recent two weeks, NBC News revealed.
Yo Gotti enlisted the help of a high-powered attorney from Team Roc, the philanthropic arm of Jay-Z's Roc Nation, to shine a harsh spotlight on the risky - and often deadly - conditions that have long plagued the prisons.
The suit, led by attorney Alex Spiro of Roc Nation's Team Roc - a philanthropic arm of the entertainment agency - claimed outgoing MDOC Commissioner Pelicia Hall and Mississippi State Penitentiary Superintendent Marshal Turner violated the requirements of their positions outlined in state law and should therefore be held accountable for the recent series of tragedies that has occurred within the prison.
According to documents obtained by TMZ, the prisons are "chronically understaffed" and extremely underfunded.
The lawsuit seeks damages for the inmates and an order forcing the Mississippi Department of Corrections to take action.
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The inmates are living in squalor and inhumane conditions, which is unconstitutional, the suit alleges.
The special agent in charge of the FBI's Jackson division and the state's two USA attorneys asked people to provide information if they know of civil rights violations or criminal activity.
In a statement to NBC News, Spiro added, "We can not treat people this way and it's time to do something about it". As Mississippi has incarcerated rising numbers of individuals, it has dramatically diminished its funding of prisons.
The complaint accuses official prison officials of failing to "protect against prison-related violence and when prison conditions do not meet basic human needs". The lawsuit was filed Tuesday, January 14 in federal court docket, claiming that the 2 officers did nothing to cease violence that has left 5 inmates lifeless previously two weeks.
"We will not stop until this is fixed", Gotti told TMZ. "These are trying times for the Mississippi Department of Corrections", Hall said in a statement, just hours after an inmate was found stabbed to death in his cell at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.