Jay-Z is suing Mississippi Department of Corrections officials after 5 inmates died in 2 weeks of violence

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Lawyers on behalf of rappers Jay-Z and Yo Gotti have filed a lawsuit against Mississippi Department of Corrections officials in the wake of five inmates’ deaths in two weeks.
The lawsuit accused the state prison system of inhumane living conditions and violating the inmates’ constitutional rights.
The lawsuit follows a January 9 letter to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and Department of Corrections Commissioner Pelicia Hall in which the rappers threatened to sue the state.
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Following the death of five inmates in two weeks of violence in Mississippi’s prison system, rap mogul Jay-Z has filed a federal lawsuit against officials at the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

“This unthinkable spate of deaths is the culmination of years of severe understaffing and neglect at Mississippi’s prisons,” the lawsuit read, according to NBC News. “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.”

Lawyers on behalf of the rappers accused the defendants of violating Mississippi inmates’ constitutional rights by not properly staffing the prisons to deal with violence and allowing inmates to live in “inhumane conditions.” The accusations are based on the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment.

The lawsuit comes in the wake of an outbreak of prison violence, including fatal stabbings and attacks, NBC News reported.

The Mississippi state prison system, which has one of the nation’s highest incarceration rates, has been the subject of lawsuits from the American Civil Liberties Union and other criminal justice groups over the years saying its facilities have “inhumane conditions.”

The lawsuit comes after Jay-Z and rapper Yo Gotti sent a letter to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and DOC Pelicia Hall on January 9, the Mississippi Clarion Ledger reported. The …read more

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