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What’s Next for the Scott Sisters?

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 08 Jan 2011 09:10am | comments
Gladys and Jamie Scott at their release celebration on Friday.

Now that the Scott sisters have been released from a Mississippi Prison, what will happen next? MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports that the women plan to push for a full pardon.

The two sisters left prison and the state of Mississippi on Friday after 16 years incarceration for their role in a armed robbery. They immediately drove to Pensacola, Florida to live with their family and grown children.

The Governor's suspended their sentence on the conditioned that Gladys donates a kidney to her sister Jamie.

At their release celebration on Friday, Jamie says they are starting treatment right away and apply for state medical aid to fund the operation.

"She is setting up a doctor so we can get tested, so hopefully we will be getting that done pretty soon. And we are really blessed because the NAACP has been working all day to start my Medicaid. So that is a blessing," Scott said.
The donation is supposed to happen within a year, but it is unclear what will happen to the suspended sentence if the sister's aren't a match.
Their attorney Chokwe Lumumba says some doctors and hospital have reached out to offer aid but nothing is finalized.
The women have long maintained their innocence and Lumumba plans to continue to push for a full pardon.
"Speaking for the Free the Scott Sisters Committee, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, and for various other people who have been involved, our view is that these women have been guilty to anything and so they should have been out," Lumumba said.
Lumumba declined to answer questions about the medical treatment the sisters received in prison, indicating that he could seek further action against the state in the future


Gladys and Jamie Scott at their release celebration on Friday.



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