I Gotti and Roc Nation are flexing their social influence by helping a group of MS prisoners to sue the state for the nightmare conditions in which it is said that the inmates live in Parchman prison.
The claim, documented by Jay-Z's attorney Alex Spiro in the US District Court in Greenville, Mississippi, says "these passings are an immediate outcome of Mississippi's absolute negligence for the individuals it has imprisoned and their sacred rights", as per the report.
Gotti enlisted Crew Roc, the philanthropic arm of Jay-Z's Roc Nation, and its high-powered legal professional Alex Spiro to rep the prisoners.
In August 2018, Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Pelicia E. Hall asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to help investigate the deaths of 15 inmates, which all took place within a month.
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The special agent in charge of the FBI's Jackson division and Mississippi's two USA attorneys say people should report possible civil rights violations or criminal activity. It also alleged that inmates are subjected to "dangerous environmental conditions" related to a rat infestation, "exposure to black mold and other toxic substances", unclean cells, "broken plumbing" and exposed wires.
Jay-Z and rap artist Yo Gotti sent a letter this month to both Hall and Gov. Phil Bryant calling for change in the penitentiary system, and threatening the suit.
"These deaths are a direct result of Mississippi's utter disregard for the people it has incarcerated and their constitutional rights", the court filing alleged.
The more than two dozen plaintiffs named in the suit "seek immediate relief from these unconstitutional conditions".
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"We can not treat people this way, and it's time to do something about it", Spiro told NBC News in a statement.
The suit filed on Tuesday names Pelicia Hall, the head of the Mississippi State Department of Corrections (MDOC) and Mississippi State Penitentiary Superintendent Marshall Turner, as defendants.
"Individuals are pressured to dwell in squalor, with rats that crawl over them as they sleep on the ground, having been denied even a mattress for a cot", it added.
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