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***Check Out The Scott Sisters Update Featuring Sis. Nancy Lockhart 3/24/2010 (Starts In The 2nd Hour)***
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Thanks to Bro. Darryl McClain, Jahmilah Sekhmet & her assistants, we have footage
of the press conference/rally that was held behind the Jackson, MS Capitol Bldg.
on 3/26/10, which was initiated by the MWM and carried out by Free the Scott Sisters,
MS organizers. Mrs. Rasco especially wants to acknowledge Sis. Jaribu Hill and the
Mississippi Workers' Center for Human Rights for all of the support that they have
given to her and her family, as well as everyone who has helped in any way to fight
for her daughters.
There will be an edited version of these videos available soon.
Hosted by Sis. Maati Hi and featuring:
Sis. Jaribu Hill
Atty Chokwe Lumumba
Bro. David Muhammad
Bro. Earnest McBride
Mrs. Evelyn Rasco
Olivia, Gladys Scott's daughter
SCOTT SISTERS 3/26 RALLY BEHIND JACKSON CAPITOL BLDG.
MRS. RASCO AND FAMILY: http://www.youtube.
PT. 1 - http://www.youtube.com/
PT. 2 - http://www.youtube.com/
PT. 3 - http://www.youtube.com/
PT. 4 - http://www.youtube.com/
PT. 5 - http://www.youtube.com/
Atty Chokwe Lumumba is tentatively scheduled to be interviewed on http://www.livinginblack.com tomorrow
(5/19) at 9:00 a.m.
The Gray-Haired Witnesses for Justice will undertake a fast and appear at the Department of Justice and the
White House in Washington, DC on June 21, 2010, calling upon the nation to exercise an authentic system
of justice in the case of Gladys and Jamie Scott and all other women who have been incarcerated wrongly
and egregiously over-sentenced, punishing and destroying our families and children. Among their demands
is freedom for the Scott Sisters and that an Inspection and Observation Team enter the Pearl, MS prison
where Jamie Scott is being held. The Gray-Haired Witnesses are calling on all people of good will to fast
in solidarity with them and to contact the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility and Dept. of Justice
across the nation on that day. Full details are at their website http://www.
Thanks so much to James Ridgeway of Solitary Watch for writing another piece regarding the ongoing struggle to obtain competent medical care for Jamie Scott, whose condition remains serious and needs intervention. This piece includes a letter from Jamie and appears at http://solitarywatch.
SAVING JAMIE SCOTT, VICTIM OF PRISON HEALTH CARE
After being convicted on questionable evidence, Jamie Scott and her sister Gladys received two consecutive life sentences apiece for a 1993 armed robbery in which no one was hurt and the take was $11. As we wrote back in March, this unwarranted life sentence is at risk of becoming a death sentence for Jamie Scott, who is gravely ill, due to the care she is receiving at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility (CMCF) in Pearl. Since we first covered the story, Jamie's condition has, if anything, grown still more critical.
Now 38, Jamie has been diagnosed with end-stage renal disease, and requires dialysis to stay alive. Rather than let her leave for dialysis, the prison brought in a machine that according to Jamie broke down periodically. She has had one complication after another, including multiple infections at the site of her dialysis shunt. She has been rushed to the hospital several times, only to be promptly returned to prison the moment her condition is deemed "stabilized." According to her mother, Evelyn Rasco, Jamie's most recent hospital visit took place when her veins collapsed and she was unable to walk. This time, according to Rasco, the doctor at the hospital said he refused to allow his patient to go back to prison because she would surely die there. But the Mississippi Department of Corrections had its way, and back she went.
In the following letter, written a few weeks ago, Jamie Scott says, "I have witness many inmates die at the hands of this second rate medical care. I do not want to be one of them." The letter was provided to Solitary Watch by Nancy Lockhart, a paralegal who works with the wrongfully convicted, and has been advocating for Scott for some time.
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 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 split 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. [Rip] Daniels on It’s a New Day [talk radio show] & 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 [Commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections] do not know.More information on grassroots efforts around Jamie Scott's case, including a current letter-writing campaign to get her better care, can be found at Free the Scott Sisters.