Jay-Z Follows Through On Threat Issued to Mississippi Officials
Rapper Shawn Corey Carter, known professionally as Jay-Z has followed through on his threat to take on the Mississippi Department of Corrections on behalf of 29 prisons who say that the warden and head of the MDC have done nothing to curb violence in the wake of five inmates deaths in the past two weeks.
According to a report in NBC News, the suit targeted the head of the MDC as well as the specific warden of the prison in question and named DOC Commissioner Pelicia Hall as well as Mississippi State Penitentiary Superintendent Marshall Turner.
Jay Z had reported warned Mississippi officials he was "prepared to pursue all potential avenues."
“These deaths are a direct result of Mississippi’s utter disregard for the people it has incarcerated and their constitutional rights,” the lawsuit stated, according to NBC.
The suit was filed by Jay-Z’s lawyer Alex Spiro at the U.S. District Court in Greenville, Mississippi, the publication went on to say.
“We cannot treat people this way and it’s time to do something about it,” Spiro of the Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP law firm, said in a statement according to NBC News.
Spiro went on to say that they were “prepared to pursue all potential avenues to obtain relief for the people living in Mississippi’s prisons and their families.”
“This unthinkable spate of deaths is the culmination of years of severe understaffing and neglect at Mississippi’s prisons,” Spiro’s letter reads according to NBC. “As Mississippi has incarcerated increasing numbers of people, it has dramatically reduced its funding of prisons. As a result, prison conditions fail to meet even the most basic human rights.”
The Mississippi Department of Corrections replied to NBC News’ request for comment, saying that they would not discuss pending legal action.