In recent years, JAY-Z has devoted lots of energy and resources to prison reform. Since late 2016, the Roc Nation founder has used his power, his influence, and his company to take on the bail bond industry by paying for the release of incarcerated fathers, condemn many of the criminal reform measures currently in place, and to bring awareness to some of the atrocities that take place behind the walls. Recent news of nine deaths of inmates at Mississippi State Penitentiary has reignited the public stir that arose in 2018 when 15 inmates died inside the prison all within one month. JAY-Z and one of Roc Nation Management’s clients, Yo Gotti, continue to get involved.
With the Parchman, Mississippi facility holding about 3,600 of the state’s 19,000 inmates, Team Roc, which is Roc Nation’s philanthropic arm, is countering otherwise with the release of a graphic video meant to show the inhumane conditions and high levels of violence taking place. The NSFW-footage highlights a knife fight between two prisoners, some graphic injuries, and indications of poor conditions. Captured by prisoner phones, the multiple deaths and living statuses within the Parchman have inspired Yo Gotti and JAY-Z to take legal action.