American Rapper Jay-Z has instructed his lawyers to take legal action against U.S. prison officials on behalf of 29 inmates whose lives are said to be at risk.
Gotti tells TMZ, "The Lives of countless individuals in MS prisons are at stake and we will not stop until this is fixed".
Jay-Z launched the action through Team Roc, the philanthropic division of his entertainment empire Roc Nation. It was filed on behalf of 29 inmates in the state penal system who say authorities have done nothing to stem violence inside prison walls.
The lawsuit requests a judge to order the defendants to enact policies that will protect inmates from violence, provide an adequate amount of properly trained staff as well as provide safe and clean conditions along with other basic human needs. These deaths are a direct result of Mississippi's total disregard for the people it has imprisoned and their constitutional rights. According to the complaint, black mold, rat and mice infestations, flooding, and units with no running water or electricity for days at a time are among the deplorable conditions inmates are subjected to.
In a January 9 letter to the governor's office and Hall, Team Roc wrote that if "immediate steps" weren't taken to address the problem, the team was "prepared to pursue all potential avenues to obtain relief for the people living in Mississippi's prisons and their families".
Spiro mentioned in a press release to NBC Information, "We cannot deal with individuals this fashion and it is time to do one thing about it".
The move comes more than seven months after a state health inspector visited Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman and, in a 154-page report, graphically documented crumbling, unsanitary conditions in which prisoners lacked power and water and it "rains inside" the cells of one unit.
"Individuals are pressured to dwell in squalor, with rats that crawl over them as they sleep on the ground, having been denied even a mattress for a cot", it added.
The lawsuit names three prison inmates who were killed earlier this year at the state penitentiary in Parchman, Miss.