Alleging “barbaric” conditions, rapper and record executive Jay-Z has filed a lawsuit against the Mississippi Department of Corrections on behalf of 152 inmates, The Guardian reports.
The lawsuit states that Parchman prison is responsible for “abhorrent conditions, abuse and constant violence, inadequate health care and mental health care, and overuse of isolation,” adding that “the people confined at Parchman live a miserable and hopeless existence confronted daily by imminent risk of substantial harm in violation of their rights under the US Constitution.”
Jay-Z’s company Roc Nation also produced a documentary about the prison which cites problems such as sewage-filled cells and contaminated food and water. The lawsuit calls on government officials to resolve the problems at the prison within 90 days.
As The Guardian points out, this is the second lawsuit Jay-Z has brought against the prison, the first one on the behalf of 29 inmates back in January.
Nine inmates have died at the facility in 2020 alone.