JAY-Z, Yo Gotti, and Team ROC—Roc Nation’s philanthropic arm—have hit the Mississippi Department of Corrections with a second civil lawsuit.
Team ROC has filed the suit on behalf of 152 more prisoners who are enduring cruel conditions at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, a prison in Sunflower County. Eighteen inmates have died throughout the Mississippi correctional system, with most of those deaths happening at Parchman.
Inmates have said that “the food is adulterated with rat feces, cockroaches, rocks, bird droppings, and other foreign matter” and many inmates are “in dire need of medical care for cancer, lupus, serious heart defects,” according to a press release from Team ROC.
Parchman’s conditions are inhumane and lack clean water, acceptable food, electricity, heat, clothing, healthcare, and basic needs—and have led to internal riots, which first began on Dec. 29, 2019. At least nine inmate deaths from suicides, homicides, and other incidents that have been categorized as “natural deaths.”