Help Free The Scott Sisters
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Dear President Obama,
Jamie and Gladys Scott – the “Scott Sisters” – were incarcerated in Mississippi for 16 years for an armed robbery which, according to court testimony, yielded $11. They have consistently denied involvement in the crime. Although neither of the Scott Sisters had a prior criminal record, they were each sentenced to an extraordinary double life sentence.
The presiding judge in their trial, Judge Marcus Gordon, has a history of racially biased rulings, including granting bail to the KKK murderer of the three civil rights workers: James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner.
On December 29, 2010, Governor Haley Barbour suspended their life sentences on the condition that Gladys donate a kidney to her ailing sister who suffers from kidney disease. The two women were released from prison on January 7, 2011. They moved to Pensacola, Florida, where they remain on parole for the rest of their lives, and where Jamie continues to receive medical treatment.
The Scott Sisters penned a book called "Revealing the Truth, Exposing Injustice and Trusting God"," which chronicles their early life struggle, robbery conviction and subsequent release. They are touring the book, hoping their story will inspire others and give hope. However, the state of Mississippi recently denied them entry as part of their book tour, and the sisters believe the decision was an attempt to silence them.
President Obama recently commuted the sentences of 46 nonviolent drug offenders, as part of an effort his administration is making to try to ease such people out of the federal prison system. The Scott Sisters are not hardened criminals. They do not have a history of violence. They are mothers and grandmothers who do not pose a threat to society, but for some frustratingly curious reason, the state of Mississippi wants to keep the sisters on parole until they present compelling new evidence that proves without a doubt their innocence, despite affidavits and testimony that support their claims of innocence.
While the Scott Sisters remain free from the walls of prison, they remain prisoners on the outside. President Obama can only pardon federal cases, but the Scott Sisters are asking him to:
1) Write a letter of recommendation to the state of Mississippi requesting a full pardon or grant clemency to Jamie and Gladys Scott.
There is no greater form of violence than injustice. Please review this case and bring justice to the Scott Sisters who have suffered excessive punishment for a crime in which their participation is questionable.
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