Jay Z’s company Roc Nation backs lawsuit against ‘barbaric’ Mississippi prison

Jay-Z’s entertainment company Roc Nation is backing a lawsuit alleging that inmates are held in “barbaric” conditions at a Mississippi prison.

The class-action lawsuit, published by CBS, was filed on behalf of 152 inmates. It names as defendants several officials from the state department of correction and from the facility.

At the heart of the suit is the Mississippi State Penitentiary, a maximum-security prison for men located in Parchman.

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“Parchman has been understaffed and underfunded for decades. As a result, prisoners endure abhorrent conditions, abuse and constant violence, inadequate health care and mental health care, and overuse of isolation,” the lawsuit alleges.

“The conditions of confinement at Parchman are so barbaric, the deprivation of health and mental health care so extreme, and the defects in security so severe, 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.”

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