Scott Sisters will Finally Be Freed, With a Catch
The Scott Sisters have been in jail in Mississippi serving double life for a robbery of $11.00 back in 1994. Governor Haley Barbour on Wednesday suspended the sentences of Jamie and Gladys Scott, but with a catch.
To date, the sisters have served 16 years of their sentences and are eligible for parole in 2014. Jamie Scott requires regular dialysis, and her sister has offered to donate one of her kidneys to her,” Barbour said in a statement. “The Mississippi Department of Corrections believes the sisters no longer pose a threat to society. Their incarceration is no longer necessary for public safety or rehabilitation, and Jamie Scottâ•˙s medical condition creates a substantial cost to the State of Mississippi.”Barbour said the Mississippi Parole Board reviewed the sisters’ case and recommended that he neither pardon them nor commute their sentences.â•˛At my request, the Parole Board subsequently reviewed whether the sisters should be granted an indefinite suspension of sentence, which is tantamount to parole, and have concurred with my decision to suspend their sentences indefinitely,” Barbour said. â•˛Gladys Scottâ•˙s release is conditioned on her donating one of her kidney to her sister, a procedure which should be scheduled with urgency.”Barbour said the release date for Jamie and Gladys Scott is a matter for the Mississippi Department of Corrections.In September, nearly 200 people rallied at the state Capitol asking Barbour to release the sisters.According to court records, the Scott sisters were found guilty of luring two men down a road near Forest, where three young assailants used a shotgun to rob the men. The Scott sisters had exhausted all of their appeals.