Jay-Z & Yo Gotti Take A Stand Against Mississippi Prison Conditions ‘We’re Prepared To Take Legal Action’

Jay-Z, Yo Gotti

Jay-Z & Yo Gotti Take A Stand Against Mississippi Prison Conditions ‘We’re Prepared To Take Legal Action’

Jay-Z and Yo Gotti have threatened to take legal action against Mississippi over its harsh prison conditions.

The rappers wrote a letter to both the governor Phil Bryant and the Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Pelicia Hall. 

According to USA Today, the letter calls out lockdowns and adds that there aren’t enough staff members to serve the number of inmates. It alleged the prisoners

 “are forced to live in squalor, with rats that crawl over them as they sleep on the floor, having been denied even a mattress for a cot.”

Yo Gotti also said the conditions in the Mississippi prison system are

“absolutely inhumane and unconstitutional.”

He added,

“To see this happen so close to my hometown of Memphis is truly devastating. That’s why we’re calling on Mississippi state leaders to take immediate action and rectify this issue. If they don’t right this wrong, we’re prepared to take legal action to provide relief for those that are incarcerated and their families.”

Roc Nation’s lawyer Alex Spiro said in a statement that they were in contact with people who were hands-on with improving the conditions. He added,

“We are exploring a variety of civil rights claims and constitutional claims that the prison system and the government is violating the Eighth Amendment and the Civil Rights Act.”

“We are exploring a variety of civil rights claims and constitutional claims that the prison system and the government is violating the Eighth Amendment and the Civil Rights Act.”

“As the prison system continues to incarcerate more and more people, predominantly African American people down in Mississippi, the prison system becomes more crowded, more underfunded and more inhumane and you know what you see now is a system at its breaking point.”

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Authored by: Char Patterson