Mississippi’s corrupt Parchman Penitentiary will be under the microscope in Jay-Z and Yo Gotti’s upcoming documentary. A&E’s Exposing Parchman debuts on Saturday, June 17th at 8 p.m. The doc takes a closer look at the reform work Hov and Gotti have done. Over the years, the two rappers worked with local attorneys and activists to highlight the injustices at the facility. The poor living conditions at Parchman Penitentiary have been a point of contention in recent years. Videos and reports emerged in recent years of death by suicide, homicide, and illness have emerged.
Roc Nation’s social justice branch, Team Roc, will produce the documentary with Good Caper Content and Summer TV. The trailer for Exposing Parchman includes appearances from both Yo Gotti and Jay-Z. Additionally, the doc will share heartbreaking stories from the families impacted by the living standards of the correctional facility. “Our hope is that this documentary will educate the public about these torturous injustices, hold the leaders in Mississippi accountable for fostering unconstitutional and inhumane conditions in Parchman,” Roc Nation CEO Desiree Perez said.
Exposing Parchman Trailer Debut
The trailer for Exposing Parchman comes roughly two years after Jay-Z and Team ROC filed several lawsuits. The Roc Nation branch began to take action against Parchman Penitentiary and healthcare provider Certene. At the same time, they also helped provide legal aid for 200 inmates at the prison. The pressure from Team ROC led to an investigation by the U.S. Justice Department. Following their discoveries, they concluded that “Mississippi routinely violates the constitutional rights of people incarcerated at Parchman.” The DOJ then began to inform the state of the evidence and proof behind their findings.
“My heart goes out to the incarcerated men who have suffered without access to clean water, food and healthcare and the families that tragically lost loved ones in the process,” Yo Gotti said in a statement. “I will continue to stand up for the voiceless until they receive the justice they deserve. I’m grateful for the U.S. Department of Justice’s thorough report to hold the Mississippi Department of Corrections accountable for the cruel and inhumane treatment of the incarcerated population.” Check out the official trailer for A&E’s Exposing Parchman above.