Shame on Mississippi! Article: For Two Sisters, the End of an Ordeal

For Two Sisters, the End of an Ordeal
Published: December 31, 2010
New York Times
I got a call on New Year’s Eve from Gladys Scott, which was a terrific way for 2010 to end.

As insane as it may seem, Gladys and her sister, Jamie, are each serving consecutive life sentences in a state prison in Mississippi for their alleged role in a robbery in 1993 in which no one was hurt and $11 supposedly was taken.

Gladys was on the phone, excited and relieved, because Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi had agreed to suspend the prison terms.

“I’ve waited so long for this day to come,” she said.

I was happy for the Scott sisters and deeply moved as Gladys spoke of how desperately she wanted to “just hold” her two children and her mother, who live in Florida. But I couldn’t help thinking that right up until the present moment she and Jamie have been treated coldly and disrespectfully by the governor and other state officials. It’s as if the authorities have found it impossible to hide their disdain, their contempt, for the two women.

The prison terms were suspended — not commuted — on the condition that Gladys donate a kidney to Jamie, who is seriously ill with diabetes and high blood pressure and receives dialysis at least three times a week. Gladys had long expressed a desire to donate a kidney to her sister, but to make that a condition of her release was unnecessary, mean-spirited, inhumane and potentially coercive. It was a low thing to do.

Governor Barbour did not offer any expression of concern for Jamie’s health in his statement announcing the sentence suspension.

He said of the sisters: “Their incarceration is no longer necessary for public safety or rehabilitation, and Jamie Scott’s medical condition creates a substantial cost to the state of Mississippi.”

By all means, get those medical costs off the books if you can.

I asked Gladys how she had learned that she was to be released. “Oh, I saw it while I was looking at the news on television,” she said.

The authorities hadn’t bothered to even tell the sisters. After all, who are they? As Gladys put it, “Nobody told me a thing.”

I asked if she had seen Jamie, who is in another section of the prison, since the governor’s decision had been announced. She said no one had tried to get the two of them together for even a telephone conversation.

“I haven’t seen her or heard from her,” Gladys said. “I want to see her. I want to see how she’s doing and take care of her.”

I am not surprised at Governor Barbour’s behavior. He’s not the first person who comes to mind when I think of admirable public officials. The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Miss., noted that the governor had been on the radio this week asserting that there was hardly anyone in prison who didn’t deserve to be there. It’s an interesting comment from a governor who has repeatedly demonstrated a willingness to free prisoners convicted of the most heinous crimes.

The Jackson Free Press, an alternative weekly, and Slate magazine have noted that Mr. Barbour has pardoned four killers and suspended the life sentence of a fifth. So cold-blooded murder is no reason, in Mr. Barbour’s view, to keep the prison doors closed.

This is also a governor who said recently, while reminiscing about the civil rights struggle and the treatment of blacks in his hometown of Yazoo City, Miss., in the 1960s: “I just don’t remember it being that bad.” The comment was in an article in The Weekly Standard in which the governor managed to find some complimentary things to say about the rabidly racist White Citizens Councils.

Faced with heavy and widespread criticism, he later pulled back on the comments, describing the era as “difficult and painful” and the councils as “indefensible.”

The only reason the Scott sisters have gotten any relief at all is because of an extraordinary network of supporters who campaigned relentlessly over several years on their behalf. Ben Jealous, the president of the N.A.A.C.P., emerged as one of the leaders of the network. The concerted effort finally paid off.

Gladys Scott said her 16 years in prison have been extremely difficult and that she had gotten depressed from time to time but had not given up hope. “It was a very bad experience, ” she said.

What is likely to get lost in the story of the Scott sisters finally being freed is just how hideous and how outlandish their experience really was. How can it be possible for individuals with no prior criminal record to be sentenced to two consecutive life terms for a crime in which no one was hurt and $11 was taken? Who had it in for them, and why was that allowed to happen?

The Scott sisters may go free, but they will never receive justice.
Many people helped to free the Scott Sisters, first and foremost their mother Mrs. Evelyn Rasco, Nancy Lockhart, Jim Ridgeway, many hundreds of grassroots supporters that  kept this the reality of the injustice done to them alive.
A version of this op-ed appeared in print on January 1, 2011, on page A19 of the New York edition.

Miss. Gov. Haley Barbour to free sisters sentenced to life in prison for robbery

Washington Post

By Krissah Thompson

Wednesday, December 29, 2010; 10:35 PM

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) announced late Wednesday that he will grant an early release from prison to two sisters serving unusually long sentences for armed robbery.

Gladys and Jamie Scott have each served 16 years of a life sentence. Their case had become a cause celebre among civil rights groups, including the NAACP, which mounted a national campaign to free the women.
The Scotts were convicted in 1994 for an armed robbery in which they led two men into an ambush. The men were robbed of $11, and their supporters contend that the Scotts, who are black, received extraordinary punishment for the crime.

Barbour said he decided to suspend the sentences in light of the poor health of 38-year-old Jamie Scott, who requires regular dialysis. The governor asserted that 36-year-old Gladys Scott’s release is contingent on her giving a kidney to her inmate sibling.

“The Mississippi Department of Corrections believes the sisters no longer pose a threat to society,” Barbour said in a statement. “Their incarceration is no longer necessary for public safety or rehabilitation, and Jamie Scott’s medical condition creates a substantial cost to the State of Mississippi.”
NAACP President Benjamin Jealous will meet with Barbour on Thursday, and the two men have scheduled a joint news conference.

“This is a shining example of how governors should use their commutation powers,” Jealous said in an interview, praising Barbour’s decision.

Read the rest here.

MS: Unconstitutional Living Conditions

Unconstitutional Living Condition ~ Unedited ~By Jamie Scott ~ Please Forward to Media Outlets

April 20, 2010

Jamie Scott # 19197
P.O. Box 88550
Pearl, MS 39288-8850

The living condition in quickbed area is not fit for any human to live in. I have been incarcerated for 15 years 6 months now and this is the worst I have ever experience. When it rain out side it rain inside. The zone flood like a river. The rain comes down on our heads and we have to try to get sheets and blankets to try to stop it from wetting our beds and personnel property. Because the floors are concrete and it have paint on it, it makes it very slippery when it rain and there have been numerous of inmates that have broke their arms and hurt there self do to this. Above our heads there are rows and rows of spiders as if we live in the jungle. There are inmates that have holds in there bodies left from spider bites, because once they are bitten it take forever to get to the clinic for any help. There are mold in the bathroom ceiling and around the walls and toilets. The toilets leak sewage from under them and they have the inmate men to come in and patch them up occasionally. The smell is awful. The showers are two circular poles with five shower heads on each pole. The floor in the shower is also concrete and slippery. There is nothing to hold on to when you exit the shower so there have been many inmates that have hurt there self in the process. Outside the building there is debirs where the unit is falling apart. Each day we are force to live in these conditions. The staph infection is so high and we are force to wave in toilet and sewage water when we have to go to the bathroom. I have witness to many inmates die at the hands of this second rate medical care. I do not want to be one of them. When this is brought to the health department or anyone attention. The MDOC tries to get the inmate to try to pamper it up so if someone comes in it want look as bad as the inmates said it did. I am fully aware that we are in prison, but no one should have to live in such harsh condition. I am paranoid of catching anything because of what I have been going throw with my medical condition. We are living in these harsh conditions, but if you go to the administration offices, they are nice and clean and smell nice because they make sure the inmates clean their offices each day. They tell us to clean the walls. Cleaning the walls will not help anything. Cleaning the walls will not stop the rain from pouring in. it will not stop the mold from growing inside the walls and around us. It will not stop the spiders from mating. They have 116 inmates on each wing, and we live not five feet from each other in order to pack us in. We have the blowers on the ceiling and if the inmates are acting crazy or the staff come in mad they use the blowers as a form of punishment. The taxes payers really are lead to believe we are been rehabilitated. That is a joke. All we do is sit in this infected unit and build up more hate. Rehabilitated starts within you. If you want to change you will change. One thing about MDOC, they know how to fix the paper work up to make it seen as if they are doing their job. You can get more drugs and anything else right here. I have witness a lot in my time here. Do I sound angry, I am not I am hurt and sick. Because they have allowed my kidney to progress to stage five which been the highest. They told me years ago I had protein in my urine, but I went years without any help. Now, it seen the eyes are on me because my family are on their case. Every inmate is not without family. Yes, you do have many inmates that family have giving up on, but my sister and I are not them. I do not want special attention; I want to treat, and to live how the state says on paper we are living. The same way when it is time for the big inspection we are promised certain food if we please clean up to pass this inspection. So I beg of anyone to please understand Mississippi Department of Correction is a joke. They will let you die or even kill yourself. We are told when visitors come into the prison do not talk to them. Well I have the right to talk to anyone and if the health department or anyone comes I will talk to him or her, because this is my life and I should or anyone else should be force to live like this. They use unlawful punishments to try to shut us up. I need help. I need a inmate to help me, but for some reason they will not allow me to move with my sister, so she can help me. There are mother and daughter, aunties, and nieces housed together and also there are a total of 12 inmates acting as orally for others inmates. I have all the names of the inmates acting as a orally if need to be giving. However, the subject of my sister is been danced around. A form of discrimination. My sister (Gladys Scott) and I were housed together for over ten years and not once have we ever caused any problem. We were spit up because in 2003 the Commissioner came with the order to separate all family members. Because its payback because my family is holding them accountable to do what they are paid to do. Also, do to the fact Mr. Daniels on it’s a New Day & Grassroots are keeping the supports inform that is been pointed out to me in a negative way. Now that I am sitting everyday because of my sickness I have time to use my typewriter. MDOC have gotten away with to much. In addition, some of the things that go on here I truly believe that Mr. Epps do not know.

Visit the links below for more information on Jamie Scott:
Free The Scott Sisters

Media Campaign Links on Imprisoned Women’s Rights Watch

Jamie’s Mom Denied Visitation.


Dr. Gloria Perry at CMCF where Jamie Scott is an inmate just denied her mother, Mrs. Rasco, her three children and her two grandchildren from coming to visit Jamie this weekend. All six were denied by this doctor even though she knows they’re highly upset at what’s happening to Jamie and are extremely anxious to see her, and now with this surprise are even more worried than before!

Mrs. Rasco asks that everyone contact her office and ask why she is denying Jamie visitation with her family during such a critical time:

(601) 359-5155

Thank you!

Letter from a concerned world citizen to Ms Kuykendall for Governor Barbour

A similar letter was emailed to Ms Kuykendall on March 5th.

Dear Ms Kuykendall,

I am a Dutch and British citizen living in The Netherlands. I request your help to pass this message on to Governor Barbour. I have heard about a woman in prison in Mississippi who is gravely ill with kidney disease and diabetes (I can relate to this since I have diabetes myself). Her name is Jamie Scott, and her DOC nr is 19197. I also read that she and her sister Gladys Scott are in prison on a life sentence for stealing a small amount of money, (which they deny having anything to do with), I think this is very very harsh and it does not make the streets safer to lock these mothers up for life, and possibly letting others off on a deal, as can be read in the article on

As a Dutch, British and European citizen, I request that you ask Governor Barbour to feel mercy for these two sisters, and especially Jamie Scott, who is very ill and would be better off when she would be cared for in freedom. I am sure that most people who are merciful and forgiving and not afraid of people who made one minor mistake 15 years ago, where no one got hurt, would find it an act of humanity and normalcy to grant these sisters forgiveness and thereby what is left of their lives back, and their children their mother back.

I pray and I hope that you will find the spot in your heart where the Lord lives, and let Him speak bravely for those who are suffering, the sick and the prisoners who have done their time and who have been redeemed since so very long.

In positive hopes of your acts of mercy, I remain,

Yours faithfully,
(my name)

Wexford/MDOC: Promoting Ignorance is Negligence, not Bliss

There’s no legitimate reason why the MDOC and Wexford don’t sit down with a third party patient advocate/health educator, Jamie, and her family and go over her records, diagnosis, treatment options, etc. Commissioner Epps could just order them to do it – connect with the American Diabetes Association or something and have a big family meeting. It’s really incumbent upon them to do so, whether or not they think Jamie has any choices to make in her medical care anyway. Arguably, keeping one’s patient and family in the dark about their medical conditions and treatment options is negligence. And how is anyone supposed to grieve a medical decision if they don’t know what all the circumstances and alternatives are? I think that’s a denial of due process of some kind.
If Commissioner Epps is sincerely concerned about Mrs. Rasco’s well-being, too, he’ll find out personally when Jamie is hospitalized and why, and call her mom himself with the information she needs to know that her daughter is being taken care of. She shouldn’t be getting “unconfirmed reports” – she should get an official report promptly with essential information from a prison or health care provider administrator, beginning with letting her know as soon as they decide Jamie’s being transported to the hospital in the first place, and assuring that MDOC staff follow up with Jamie’s status and Mrs. Rasco from there. 
Really, this is prison. There should never be a time when the MDOC doesn’t know where Jamie is, as long as she’s their prisoner, and therefore her mother and son should always be able to find her. They know full well that Mrs. Rasco won’t try and orchestrate an escape if she knows where her daughter is being treated.
Think about that, Commissioner. You have in your custody and care two women (and certainly many more) who are very likely innocent, one of whose life hangs precariously in the balance right now. Do everything you can, as you promised, to try to get Jamie free – which first means helping her stay alive. Please don’t make a promise like that to a critically ill woman’s mother if you don’t plan to keep it.
Yesterday Mrs. Rasco received an unconfirmed report that Jamie had been rushed to the hospital due to chest pains and today that information has been confirmed.  To the best of anyone’s knowledge Jamie is still in the hospital and Mrs. Rasco has been told that she is “resting comfortably.”  She has been given no information regarding Jamie’s diagnosis or condition.  We will post updates as soon as they become available.
Today was dedicated to the Scott Sisters by Mississippi Radio’s Rip Daniels, where a ton of information has been regularly aired and today even a song was dedicated to them.  It was stated that now, after 15 years, Mississippi is finally hearing Mrs. Rasco’s pleas for justice for her daughters.  Mrs. Rasco is very grateful to Bros. Rip Daniels and Charles Evers for doing such a fantastic job raising this case to a high level in Mississippi. 
Mrs. Rasco was interviewed by WLBT Mississippi TV 3 reporter Julie Straw for a 10pm story they are working on covering today’s rally, preliminary reports of which are that it was well attended.  
More updates to come, please continue to support however you are able!


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Oprah Phone Home: Mississippi’s Burning

I don’t know how else to get through Oprah’s people to her but to keep blogging messages like this and try to snail mail copies through on top of it. I really believe if she knew about Jamie and her family, she’d be looking into it herself. I think she’d be real disappointed in whomever on her staff didn’t at least let her know this was happening out here before it was too late for her to try to help. Then, if she ignores us, it will at least have been an informed decision. She sure wouldn’t want to be Googling herself in the aftermath of all these calls for help from Jamie’s friends and family, only to see that she responded with silence as Jamie died.

I don’t think Oprah would ignore us though. This is too loaded for her to just walk away. We’re trying to appeal to the most difficult place in the country to find mercy, grace, compassionate release – from the heart of a Southern Governor. I still want justice for them, and I don’t see either coming from Barbour. Maybe I’m wrong abut him, but he’s going for the presidential bid in 2012. Why would he be any different from all the other southern Governors in the last 150 years? I just don’t know that he has what it would take to look honestly at the fractures in the system and try to make sure that innocent people aren’t getting hurt. The power of clemency is precisely for situations like this – where an exceptional intervention is needed to assure that the mechanisms of justice don’t corrupt their own ends. 

We can’t do this without more help, though. Oprah can bring the kind of mainstream American help we need. All we’re asking is for her to look into this, and to tell people what she sees. Maybe that’s a big trip to put on someone, but I think each of us – no matter how big or small our splash in the world may be – have a duty to each other when we learn about an injustice that we can play a role in correcting or preventing from happening again… 

Anyone with Oprah’s ear, ask her to please send help. Very soon.


Subject: Contact Request For Scott Sisters By Sister Marpessa

Greetings, all,

Mrs. Rasco is still trying to get updated info on Jamie, so i unfortunately can’t confirm whether or not she was taken to thehospital yesterday.  We will definitely give an update on Jamie as soon as we get word and do an official Scott Sisters posting.

This is my personal request that i hope that you’ll participate in. Today, 2/23, i watched a portion of the Oprah Winfrey Show asshe tearfully embraced the family of American student Amanda Knox, sentenced to 26 years for killing her roommate in Italy. She lavished such great empathy and seemingly heartfelt support that all I could do was think about all the ways that the case of the Scott Sisters completely trumped this one and should engender even more concern.

Unlike Amanda Knox, this is a case where no one was killed or injured; the best years of two women’s lives have been stolen by an extremely draconian double-life sentence each; they’ve already served 15 yrs for a first-time offense; they were wrongfully convicted in a trial where witnesses and two alleged victims stated that they had nothing to do with the robbery; they’re from her home state of Mississippi, and one of them is suffering kidney failure and miserable medical care in deplorable conditions!

i’m not naive by any stretch, i’m hip to the world of ratings, celebrity-worship, salaciousness, etc., and that neither i nor Mrs. Rasco or the Scott Sisters particularly fit into Oprah’s “putting a pot roast in the oven” suburban demographic.  Still, i can’t find fault in at least flooding her website with Scott Sisters information,
particularly since it’s so quick and easy and we are trying everything we can think of to do.

If we all did this activity together, perhaps we could catch the attention of one of her staffers who may at the very least put a bug into her ear.  Surely this case could be a ratings grabber, it has all the mystique and intrigue of anything else she’s got happening!

Below is what I’ve plugged in there & i hope you’ll take just a few moments to try to see if we can get this case on her radar, using part of this and putting your own flavor in there, or completely using something totally different, please just be sure to include the link to Mrs. Rasco’s website, thanks so much!  The link to Oprah’s contact form is at;

“i watched your interview with the family of Amanda Knox today and am writing to ask that you give the same consideration to the Mississippi Scott Sisters, Jamie and Gladys, who have been incarcerated for 15 years of an astonishing double-life sentence (each) for an alleged robbery which was said to have netted approximately 11 dollars!  No one was killed or injured during this alleged robbery and this was the first offense for both of these young women, who have maintained their innocence. Witnesses and the two alleged victims testified that Jamie and Gladys had absolutely nothing to do with this robbery and that the sheriff coerced and threatened them to lie on them at the original trial.  

After 15 hard years of prison life both women suffer from chronic depression and at just 38 years of age, Jamie Scott has a myriad of health issues and most recently suffered complete renal failure!  Her thrice weekly dialysis is complicated by machine breakdowns, infections and lack of adequate nutrition resulting from miserable medical care and deplorable living conditions. NATIONAL ATTENTION TO THIS CASE COULD LITERALLY SAVE HER LIFE. 

These young women’s children and grandchildren are all being cared for by their long-struggling mother, Evelyn Rasco, who single-handedly has cared for as many as 10 children at once, all while worrying about her son serving in Iraq and her daughters subsisting in the prison.   All of the necessary  information is online at; Please take the time to review it and you will agree that this shocking and horrific injustice absolutely must be exposed! We need to hear from you.”

Thanks to everyone and please pass this on!

Sis. Marpessa Kupendua

SF Bay View: Compassionate Release for Jamie Scott

Photos and excerpts from the SF Bay View article yesterday (summarizing the situation well). SF Bay View is the best paper in the country for giving prisoners and their families a voice.


Compassionate Release For Jamie Scott

SF Bay View February 9, 2010
by Marpessa Kupendua

Jamie Scott cuddles her grandbabies on a brief visit home to bury another sister. Jamie’s sister Gladys was not allowed to leave prison for the funeral.

Jamie and Gladys Scott are sisters who have been wrongfully convicted of armed robbery. They each incredibly received draconian double-life sentences – life for each of the alleged two victims – although no one was murdered or injured during this robbery of approximately $11! Witnesses and the two alleged victims testified that the sisters had absolutely nothing to do with this robbery and also testified that the sheriff coerced and threatened them to lie on the Scott Sisters. Jamie and Gladys Scott have been in prison since October of 1994, victims of Mississippi injustice with the best years of their lives snatched away.

Jamie Scott suffered kidney failure in early January 2010 as the culmination of many medical ailments that have manifested during her incarceration and which were never properly diagnosed nor correctly treated due to the state’s refusal to provide her with proper medical care. Even after Jamie’s kidneys shut down, the prison medical doctor stubbornly refused to send Jamie to the hospital and toxins continued to accumulate in her body.

One morning last month she was taken to the hospital where a temporary catheter was inserted into her neck and she was returned directly to the prison a few hours later and soon thereafter removed from the prison medical building when she was very weak and barely able to take care of her activities of daily living. Jamie was recently rescued by an inmate who found her lying in her cell unresponsive and in shock and yelled out for her to be rushed back to the hospital.

The doctor there informed Jamie that her dialysis had not been administered correctly and that her temporary catheter was malfunctioning, yet she was again returned right back to the prison!

The prison’s cut-rate medical practices are life-threatening for Jamie! The longer she remains in that prison the more her health will continue to deteriorate. This is a proven fact which is documented by her steady decline during her 15 years of unjust incarceration.

Jamie needs compassionate release RIGHT NOW before she suffers any further. Large numbers of people must raise this demand before the authorities will take any action on her behalf!

Please continue to call and write to support the Scott Sisters and particularly Jamie Scott during this period of medical emergency. Specifically this week we are asking that a special focus be placed on COMPASSIONATE RELEASE for Jamie Scott through the governor’s office.

As was reported on Feb. 5, the level of medical care that she is receiving in that prison is ATROCIOUS. She missed a dialysis treatment, has a possible infection from a malfunctioning temporary catheter – Jamie says it is full of blood and pus – and just prior to that went into shock due to malpractice on the part of the prison medical staff!

Jamie was told that she would be going back to the hospital for surgery to have a permanent shunt installed on Monday or Tuesday, but we don’t know that this will occur or if it will even be appropriately used given the circumstances surrounding the failures of the prison to properly care for her to date. The family and legal supporters are pressing to get Jamie released based on her frighteningly declining health ever since her initial imprisonment!

Jamie recently wrote a letter to her supporters, excerpts of which follow:

Jamie and Gladys Scott

“First let me thank you for the prayers, strength and consideration you have displayed for me and my sister. This ordeal with my kidneys has truly broke me down. I am tired, but I know I cannot give up, because of my family and many supporters.

“It was first determined that I had protein in my urine in 1997. Throughout the years it went uncured and untreated and I wasn’t hurting so I thought nothing of it. They would take tests and never receive results. I had a kidney biopsy done around 1997, but once again never received any results. My uterus fell and was removed in 2005. Once again, I never received results of tests on my kidneys.

“Now what we must not do is lose our temper and make things worse. Please, you cannot call up here and use abusive language. That will not solve anything. About my dialysis treatments, I go Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The setup is inside a trailer.

“It is hard and I want my life. The only thing as a whole we can do is try to get the governor to do something right and release me and Gladys.

“I want to thank each one of you for everything you have done. – Jamie.”

Mrs. Evelyn Rasco, Jamie and Gladys’ mother, writes:

“My girls are dying in that prison cell daily and they have five kids that have been asked all of their lives, ‘Why does your grandmother have you?’ When they tell people, they can’t believe that their mothers received double life sentences each and never touched anyone or even held a weapon. My whole world revolves around these kids and their children, and we are crying out for help! It is this justice system that should be made to free Jamie and Gladys and to stop trying to destroy our entire family.”

Call on Gov. Barber to grant compassionate release to Jamie

Executive paralegal with Advocate Associates, Sis. Shakeerah Abdul al-Sabuur, has filed for compassionate release for Jamie and we need to request that Gov. Haley Barbour act on that and immediately release JAMIE SCOTT, No. 19197, from Central Mississippi Corrections Facility (CMCF). He is under a budget crisis, has stated that releasing inmates from the prisons are a possibility and has released inmates in the past.
Jamie Scott must get the medical care that she needs to survive OUTSIDE of those prison walls!

The paperwork that was submitted is at

Contacting the others on the list below is still very important, particularly the mainstream media, but we absolutely must make certain that the governor’s office hears and reads messages from a whole lot of people to bolster the efforts of our legal advisers.

PLEASE PASS THE WORD AND HELP TO LIGHT UP THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE THIS WEEK! Be direct but please be courteous; don’t lose your temper no matter what you hear. It will only take a few minutes. Please participate!

To contact Gov. Haley Barbour, write P.O. Box 139, Jackson, MS 39205, call 1 (877) 405-0733 or (601) 359-3150, or fax (601) 359-3741. If you reach voice mail, leave a message, and also send faxes and letters.

ACTION ALERTS as of Feb. 10 (also posted below)

The Action Committee for Women in Prison just posted a BRAND NEW petition specific to getting compassionate release for Jamie Scott and we need to get as many people as possible to sign on quickly, so please go to and SEND IT TO OTHERS.

Jamie hugs her mother, Evelyn Rasco, as her son Terrance looks on – a sad return to unjust imprisonment.

Contact these government officials – in addition to the governor

Christopher Epps, Commissioner of Prisons for the State of Mississippi, 723 North President St., Jackson, MS 39202, (601) 359-5600,

Emmitt Sparkman, Deputy Commissioner of Prisons, (601) 359-5610,

Margaret Bingham, Superintendent of Central Mississippi Corrections Facility, P.O. Box 88550 Pearl, MS 39208, (601) 932-2880,, fax (601) 664-0782

Dr. Gloria Perry, Medical Department, (601) 359-5155,

Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20530-0001

Mayor Brad Rogers of Pearl, MS, where Jamie is incarcerated, (601) 932-3575, fax (601) 932-3568

Congressman Gregg Harper, 2507-A Old Brandon Road, Pearl, MS 39208, (601) 932-2410, fax (601) 932-4647

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, United States Senate, Washington, DC 20510-2402, Jackson (601) 965-4459, contact form

Contact the media

Feel free to contact any and all major media you have information for. Don’t be limited by these listings at all!

Mississippi media

WLBT newsroom (601) 960-4426, newsroom fax (601) 355-7830,, Assistant News Director Wilson Stribling,

WAPT TV (601) 922-1607, news tips (601) 922-1652 or

WJTV (601) 372-6311, fax (601) 372-8798,

FOX 40 (601) 922-1234,

General media

NBC Today Show

NBC Nightly News; listing of NBC/MSNBC show email addresses at

NBC News, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112, (212) 664-4444, fax (212) 664-4426

CBS feedback form; CBS News, 524 W. 57 St., New York, NY 10019, (212) 975-4321, fax (212) 975-1893

ABC News contact form; ABC News, 77 W. 66 St., New York, NY 10023, (212) 456-7777

CNN News tip form; CNN, One CNN Center, Box 105366, Atlanta, GA 30303-5366, (404) 827-1500, fax (404) 827-1784

Joe Madison

Geraldo Rivera

Oprah contact form

USA Today, 7950 Jones Branch Dr., McLean, VA 22108, (703) 854-3400, fax (703) 854-2078

Associated Press, 450 West 33rd St., New York, NY 10001, (212) 621-1500, fax (212) 621-7523,

Elected Officials

Congressman Bennie Thompson, 2432 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515, (202) 225-5876, fax (202) 225-5898; Jackson, Mississippi, Office, 3607 Medgar Evers Blvd, Jackson, MS 39213, (601) 946-9003, fax (601) 982-5337

Congressman Alcee L. Hastings, 2353 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515, (202) 225-1313, fax (202) 225-1171

Congressman Jeff Miller, 2439 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515, (202) 225-4136, fax (202) 225-3414, toll free number to district office in Pensacola, Florida, (866) 367-1614
Marpessa Kupendua is a political and human rights activist and writer. She can be reached at

Jamie Scott Petition for Compassionate Release

Hey folks,

Check out the link to the petition below. Sign it, and please pass it on to others.

Subject: 2/10/10 Update On Jamie Scott ~ Please Contact The Governor ~ By Sis Marpessa

PLEASE keep on blasting Governor Haley Barbour’s office! Jamie Scott was taken by ambulance to the hospital yesterday and returned to the prison thereafter and  we’ve been told that she is very severely depressed.  We have no official report on what was done to her there but believe that it could at the very least have included her having a dialysis treatment performed.  We have some important organizing updates to share, so please forward and ACT!

The Action Committee for Women in Prison just posted a BRAND NEW petition specific to getting compassionate release for Jamie Scott and we need to get as many people to sign on as quickly as possible, so please go to; and SEND IT TO OTHERS.

Peggy Plews of Mississippi Prison Watch did an outstanding appeal to the Mississippi Kidney Foundation at;

 , which includes the following powerful statement:

“It may well be that Jamie’s crisis is the catalyst that gets so much needed focus on the critically and terminally ill in prison; without her voice, countless others may suffer in invisibility. And her example of survival and resistance is an inspiration to other women living and dying there, too.”  Check it out, she was very thorough!

The Women Behind the Wall blogtalk radio program hosted by Mary Ellen and Gloria on 2/9 provided a lot of education and insight from those who could personally testify to being sick inside of those hellholes and the lack of caring offered by the corporations which dole out what passes for medical care, some of which has to come directly from the inmates’ own pockets!  This program featured Mrs. Rasco and Shakeerah Abdul al-Sabuur, paralegal, and is archived at;


The fantastic San Francisco Bay View continues to be our leading print resource and has posted a wonderful new piece today at the site:;


We’ve added in a new link to the Govs’ assistant and ask that folks please CALL into the governor’s office for maximum effect, but additionally follow-up with e-mails, letters, faxes and anything possible.  Please do something rather than nothing at all!

Thank you so much, everyone!;




Governor Haley Barbour
P.O. Box 139
Jackson, Mississippi 39205
1-877-405-0733 or 601-359-3150
Fax: 601-359-3741
(If you reach VM leave msgs, faxes, and please send letters)

Dorothy Kuykendall
Personal Assistant to Gov. Barbour
(601) 359-3150


P. O Box 3150
Jackson, MS 39205

Christopher Epps, Commissioner of Prisons for the State of Mississippi


723 North President Street
Jackson, MS 39202


URGENT!!!!!! SAVE JAMIE’S LIFE: a special edition of WOMEN BEHIND THE WALL, devoted to the desperate medical situation of Jamie Scott and efforts to obtain a compassionate release for Jamie before she dies of medical neglect in a woman’s prison.
Tuesday 2/9/10 at 6:00 PM EST
on, call in number 646-378-1432.