Jay-Z launches lawsuit on behalf of prisoners after violence kills five

Rapper Jay-Z has sued two US prison officials on behalf of 29 inmates who say authorities did nothing to stop a wave of violence that has killed five prisoners in the last two weeks.

The hip-hop star’s lawyer Alex Spiro filed the lawsuit – which relates to deaths in Mississippi’s state prisons – at the US District Court in Greenville, NBC News reports.

“These deaths are a direct result of Mississippi’s utter disregard for the people it has incarcerated and their constitutional rights,” the lawsuit states.

Jay-Z and Yo Gotti in November 2019
Image:Jay-Z and Yo Gotti in November 2019

In a statement to NBC News, Mr Spiro said: “We cannot treat people this way and it’s time to do something about it.”

The lawsuit comes after the lawyer, on behalf of Jay-Z and fellow hip-hop artist Yo Gotti, wrote a letter to Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and Department of Corrections commissioner Pelicia Hall.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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