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The Case of the Scott Sisters , this week on The Empowerment Hour Online University, Sat at 6pm EST

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"FREE THE SCOTT SISTERS" The Case of Jamie and Gladys Scott This week on The Empowerment Hour Online University, we will discuss the case of the Scott Sisters (Jamie and Gladys Scott). The Scott Sisters were sentenced by a Mississippi court in 1994 to double life terms in prison for an armed robbery they did not commit. Below is a excerpt from an article printed in The Black Commentary and edited by "NU Day" News Sept. 7, 2009 The Beginning of the End The parents of Jamie and Gladys Scott had felt that life for the family would be better in Mississippi than in Chicago. They had left the Chicago South Side and moved to Mississippi. Instead of finding a more peaceful, safe environment, they found a racist town where the white man’s spoken word is the law and justice for poor Black people, absent. On December 24, 1993, Scott County Sheriff’s Department arrested the sisters for armed robbery. In October of 1994, Jamie and Gladys Scott were sentenced to double life terms in prison. That’s double sentences each! Neither sister had prior convictions. Three young Black men confessed to the robbery, but implicated Jamie and Gladys in the crime. The three young men, all related and ranging from ages 14 to 18, confessed to committing the crime. Coercions, threats and promises later led these men to turn state’s evidence on the Scott Sisters.... We welcome everyone to tune in for this empowering episode to learn more about this tragic injustice and to learn what actions you can take to help free the Scott Sisters.