All Eyes Are Still On Mississippi: Free The Scott Sisters!!!
The Scott Sisters (l-r): Jamie & Gladys
Jamie Scott of the Scott Sisters continues to have all of the privileges revoked that she earned over almost 15 yrs. of unjust incarceration simply for going into the gym to use the bathroom without authorization. She remains isolated from all activities within the prison. Despite her efforts to seek relief, she has been unable to regain those privileges due to harassment from Deputy Warden Winkel. Jamie has been a model inmate in every aspect of prison life with no write-ups for all of these years. In fact, Vocational Education Director, Pat Owen, wrote of Jamie's work as a tutor in the literacy program: "Inmate Scott has proven herself to be dependable, hard working, and conscientious. She has demonstrated much patience and compassion in working with lower-level students. Her work at the school has been exemplary."
9/09 -- JAMIE SCOTT SPEAKS about the circumstances surrounding the removal of her privileges and transfer to a more punitive building.
I have been on the grounds of CMCF for 15 years. Everyone thinks when you come to prison, you come to be rehabilitated. Well, that's a lie. Policy 20-05 states we are not to be discriminated against. Let's be real. Policy is a joke around here. All staff members are not low down and abusive with their authority but many are.
Things happen here and the inmate is not always at fault, but we are the ones who get punished for it. The reason I know this is I was locked down on June 23 for being in an unauthorized area. Now, this area was the gym, a place that was supposed to be locked. I was locked down for 23 days and received an RVR after 22 days. Policy 18-01-01 says that you have 24 hours to write a rule violation report after an incident happens. On my detention notice, it clearly states that Warden Winkel observed me in the gym. She locked me down and served me the RVR after 22 days had passed stating, "Upon completion of the investigation, it was determined I, Jamie Scott, was in an unauthorized area," but this was determined on June 23, 2009 at 5:20 p.m. Deputy Winkel used her position and authority to pay me back for an incident that happened when she was under investigation. She made me do 23 days in lock down, took away my custody level and took away any job I had. Many inmates have gone to lock down for worse offenses, came back out, and went back to the school and to work.
Commissioner Christopher Epps has no clue what really goes on. When he visits the prison, they cover a lot of things up so he won't find out. The gym is supposed to be for us, the inmates, but we have not had gym call in months. It's not because the Director, Richard Caston, won't let us, but because some of the staff use the gym to exercise, for their personal use.
I was wrong for being in the gym, I admit that. I deserve to be treated fairly like the next offender. Policy is supposed to apply to all inmates and staff. I did 23 days in lock down, but to take my custody level down and then tell staff members I can't work anymore is just too much. I have no history of disciplinary problems through all of these years. I have even been banned from Choir practice and the Tour Speaking Group. The Deputy Warden and Lt. Burton have ordered the supervisor to terminate me from the church. Policy 20-05-01 states that inmates have a right not to be discriminated against and that staff will not subject offenders from personal abuse or harassment [4-4281].
Jamie Scott #19197
B Zone, Bed 196
P.O. Box 88550
Pearl, MS 39288-8550
Please contact the following officials and ask that Jamie Scott's full privileges be reinstated, this punishment is excessive and is part of a campaign of harassment which has been going on for far too long now! She has suffered medical and emotional setbacks and her sister, Gladys, is also extremely upset as a result of this unfair targeting. Please share any responses that you receive, thank you!
Margaret Bingham, Superintendent of Central Mississippi Corrections Facility
FAX: (601) 664-0782
P.O. Box 88550
Pearl, Mississippi 39208
Christopher Epps, Commissioner of Prisons for the State of Mississippi
723 North President Street
Jackson, MS 39202
Emmitt Sparkman, Deputy Commissioner
Governor Haley Barbour
1-877-405-0733 or 601-359-3150
These politicians also need to receive information on the Scott Sisters because they are among their constituents:
Congressman Bennie Thompson
Washington, D.C. Office
2432 Rayburn HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
(202) 225-5898 (Fax)
Jackson, Mississippi Office
3607 Medgar Evers Blvd
Jackson, MS 39213
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings
2353 Rayburn Office Building
Washington D.C. 20515
Tel: (202) 225-1313
Fax: (202) 225-1171
Congressman Jeff Miller
2439 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4136
Fax: (202) 225-3414
Toll Free Phone Number to District Office
We continue to stress the need for a pro bono attorney for the women, legal guidance and representation is desperately needed as none currently exists. Many organizations have been contacted multiple times in the past and perhaps it will be YOUR letter or phone call to the Innocence Project, the ACLU, NAACP, etc., that will garner the positive response that we have not been able to obtain to date!
MISSISSIPPI INJUSTICE: In a trial fraught with legal malpractice and witness coercion, Mississippi Judge Marcus Gordon oversaw one of the most blatantly corrupt trials in history, culminating in the staggering over-sentencing of sisters Gladys and Jamie Scott to double-life each in a robbery that they did not participate in, where no one was murdered or harmed, and the amount alleged to have been taken was a whopping $11.00.
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