Musician Jay-Z has filed a lawsuit against prison officials following the death of five inmates.
The lawsuit claims inmates are dying due to violence in the prison, according to a report published Wednesday by Page Six.
“These deaths are a direct result of Mississippi’s utter disregard for the people it has incarcerated and their constitutional rights,” according to the lawsuit.
“As Mississippi has incarcerated increasing numbers of people, it has dramatically reduced its funding of prisons,” the lawsuit added. Jay-Z’s suit also claims that the lack of funding “forces people held in Mississippi’s prison to live in squalor, endangering their physical and mental health.”
The lawsuit accuses Mississippi prisons of subjecting inmates to flooding, raw sewage, black mold, rat infestations, lack of running water and no electricity. (RELATED: Jay-Z: America’s First Hip-Hop Artist Turned Billionaire)
“These inhumane conditions are unconstitutional,” the court papers alleged.
“[W]e are prepared to pursue legal action to address this intolerable situation,” the letter read, according to Page Six.
“Roc Nation and its philanthropic arm, Team Roc, demand that Mississippi take immediate steps to remedy this intolerable situation,” the letter continued.