Jay-Z is fighting for Mississippi inmates

Jay-Z is suing Mississippi prisons over inhumane conditions that have left multiple prisoners dead. We spoke with his attorney, Alex Spiro, to learn more.

Team Roc, the philanthropic division of Roc Nation, released graphic video footage depicting the inhumane conditions within Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman

Jay-Z and rapper Yo Gotti are suing Mississippi prison officials over alleged inhumane conditions that have left multiple prisoners dead. Jay-Z’s attorney Alex Spiro filed the suit on behalf of 29 inmates. Jay-Z has been an advocate for criminal justice reform. In January 2019, he launched the Reform Alliance with rapper Meek Mill aimed at changing parole and probation policies. Now his Mississippi lawsuit comes after at least 8 inmates have died at the Parchman prison in January 2020 alone. 3 men were killed by other inmates.

The conditions are bad partly because of the underfunding and the understaffing of the prison

“These civil rights cases are important for Mr. Carter and Roc Nation because they have a particular voice and the ability to make a change and they can draw on their vast resources to try to bring about civil rights change. When we realized that conditions in the Mississippi prisons were as dire as they were and that these folks have been forgotten, we felt that required urgent and aggressive action. The prisoners' lives are endangered principally for two reasons. One is that because of violence within the prison walls, there have been deaths and inmates have received injuries that have gone untreated because the staff cannot get them to medical care in time. And the second reason is the environmental conditions that the sewage and other infectious disease risks put their lives in mortal danger”, Jay-Z’s attorney Alex Spiro tells Brut.

Committed to fighting these issues

The Mississippi Department of Corrections has blamed gang violence for the deaths. But the lawsuit says the violence stems from underfunding, overcrowding, and a guard shortage. The lawsuit seeks damages for the prisoners and an order forcing the department to protect inmates from violence by increasing its staff size, and also provide safe and clean conditions free from filth and vermin.


01/24/2020 12:58 PMupdated: 01/31/2020 8:34 PM


  • Gerald M.
    03/12/2020 23:27

    D evils

  • Mary V.
    03/12/2020 21:45

    Try Homeless children and human trafficking of women n children that are victims wish some Hip Hop Artists would write Real Real lyrics to Our Nations epidemic related to these issues.

  • Sabrina D.
    03/12/2020 17:36

    We support a civilization of decency. That makes us separate and apart from other nations. That is one of the reasons we are solely disliked. We are educated, and of a different quality of life. Therefore, whenever our quality of life becomes invaded with conditions unacceptable to our society. It needs be addressed yes sued if necessary and or corrected. I applaud you JayZ. Good Man

  • Sandra T.
    03/12/2020 15:59

    👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽🙏🏽 thank you Mr carter

  • Walter W.
    03/12/2020 10:33

    Keep it going. Unknown if that particular prison is a state prison. Most prisons are private entities disguised as state entities.

  • Alex G.
    03/12/2020 05:16

    Try 2 change all prison system all is inhumane trust

  • Abijiah A.
    03/12/2020 01:49

    Some body explains to me why he is suing when he never come out the Mississippi prison? If he can do this I'm suing Rahway

  • James G.
    03/11/2020 22:53

    Inmates should live like animals!! They are animals

  • Derrick V.
    03/11/2020 13:48

    Keep pushing Jay Z!

  • Derek S.
    03/10/2020 19:30


  • Karl R.
    03/10/2020 14:07

    It's about time . Reform has been needed for decades. I would love to attend some of these very special, awesome events. 💯

  • David W.
    03/10/2020 11:46

    Prisons are only as violent as the inmates want them...

  • Don M.
    03/10/2020 07:21

    Put them in tents like Arizona,what is given to freely will be abused.

  • Bobby M.
    03/10/2020 04:54

    Thank God for the person that got the phone camera in to capture these images

  • Bobby M.
    03/10/2020 04:49

    I applaud Jay Z for this one . Mississippi State should be ashamed for this lack of humanity . They actually get funded by the government to exploit and murder people this is a hate crime . # American Injustice

  • Christopher M.
    03/08/2020 11:43

    Top bosss been making boss moves since Hard knock Life and H to the Izzo...

  • Joseph V.
    03/08/2020 08:41

    Nassau country jail

  • Robert C.
    03/07/2020 20:44

    Did Jigga just say if someone commits a crime they should go to jail? Unfuckingbelievable, do you think he felt this way when he was selling crack in Marcy projects back in the day?

  • Mario R.
    03/07/2020 20:27

    Don’t do the crime if you can’t pay the time.

  • Ekuran S.
    03/07/2020 17:24

    Prisons r no Vacation, Think hundred times before you do something bad, If you do a crime you have to suffer so other people don’t do that.

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