Free the Scott Sisters!
….Sisters Receive Double Life Sentences for their alleged involvement in an armed robbery
This is one of those stories that truly bothers me because of its blatant show of racism and unfair treatment of African Americans. No matter how you look at it, this is unfair and unjust and justice needs to be served.
16 years ago in Scott County, Mississippi, sisters Jamie and Gladys Scott were accused of being involved in the armed robbery of two young men that netted a total of $11. The two sisters were arrested and later convicted of the armed robbery and both received double life sentences for their involvement in the crime. Both sisters have always denied being involved, yet for the past 16 years they have sat in the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility appealing their sentences only to have each appeal denied. The sisters have now exhausted all of their appeals.
How does a person with no criminal background receive such an unfair and lengthy sentence for an army robbery in which no one was hurt? That is the question that many people have asked over the years. There seems to be no logical reason why these women received such severe jail sentences, but I did find an interesting tidbit of info —> here that may shed some light on the sister’s unfortunate situation.
What makes this situation even more interesting is that in the state of Mississippi, the crime of armed robbery carries a sentence of three years or up to life in prison. So why in the case of two African American women, who were found guilty of “setting up” two men to be robbed, where no one was hurt, was a sentence of double life given? Why were these women ordered to spend the rest of their lives in jail for a crime that did not warrant such irregular jail time?
Stories like this add to the justification of my “BGT don’t do Mississippi” way of thinking. I’ve mentioned in past blog entries how I feel about good ole Mississippi and every time something like this happens in Mississippi I raise my eyebrow and say “Doesn’t surprise me one bit.”
Racism exists everywhere, I just wouldn’t wanna chance being black in Mississippi and even doing something that resembles a crime (eyebrow raised) just like I wouldn’t chance walking, riding, residing, eating or breathing in West Memphis, Arkansas; but that’s a whole notha story that I will definitely need to fill my readers in on.
After reading these comments from the Clarion Ledger I was appalled. For any human to state that this sentencing is fair is insane. If these women were a part of your family, would you still believe that they should spend the rest of their life behind bars for an armed robbery they were accused of being involved in when they were barely of legal age? I doubt that these commenters would be in agreement with the double life sentences if the ones accused where a friend or family member of theirs.
It is good to know that the NAACP is taking action and fighting for the Scott Sisters to have their life sentences pardoned. (they have been incarcerated only 16 years. Did the NAACP just find out about the Scott sisters??) *puzzled look* Supporters of the Scott sisters marched on the Capital Wednesday demanding justice for the sisters. NAACP President Ben Jealous requested Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour pardon the two sisters’ sentences and the sisters’ attorney Chokwe Lumumba met Wednesday with one of Gov. Haley Barbour’s staff attorneys about their petition for a pardon or a reduced sentence. Barbour’s office has said the governor is waiting to receive a recommendation from the state Parole Board.
*Articles/Stories on the Scott Sisters that you must read