Woman who got freedom from prison in 2011 dies of COVID-19

Woman who got freedom from prison in 2011 dies of COVID-19

Jackson, Ms. A woman who gained freedom from prison a decade ago after she and her sister were convicted of an armed robbery in 1993 in Mississippi, then became an advocate for justice, died of COVID-19.

Jamie Scott died on November 9 after contracting the disease caused by the coronavirus, according to a statement issued Monday by Sisters of Hope, which she co-founded with her sister Gladys Scott. She was 49 years old.

“My sister has been a fighter every day of her life, and I will continue to fight not just for her — not just for what she has stood for and what she has been through — but for what she and I stand for, and what others have gone through and continues to go through,” Gladys Scott said in a statement. “The fighting will not end until everyone is treated with dignity, respect and justice.”

Jimmy Scott was 21 and Gladys Scott was 19 when they were both sentenced to life imprisonment for robbery in central Mississippi. While the authorities claimed they helped plot an ambush in which a small amount of money was taken, the women denied wrongdoing and four teenage boys also perished.

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The sisters’ lawyer and advocacy groups argued that their life sentences were excessive given the amount stolen. Then- Gov. Halle Barbour granted Jimmy Scott early release in 2011 because she had suffered from kidney failure, and he agreed to let Gladys Scott go on the condition that she donate a kidney to her sister.

Jimmy Scott’s kidney transplant was delayed due to her weight, but the two sisters’ social media account announced in 2019 that she had the operation. By then, the sisters had moved to Pensacola, Florida, and founded Sisters of Hope, which provides educational and other assistance to people leaving the reform system and trying to complete a graduate equivalency degree.

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