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Marchers want full pardon for Scott sisters

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Demonstrators are expected in Jackson Friday demanding a full pardon for the Scott sisters. The two sisters spent 16 years in prison before Governor Haley Barbour agreed to their release this year. 

In 1994, the Mississippi women were convicted of armed robbery and given double life sentences. The crime in Forest allegedly involved the theft of $11 dollars and involved three young men. They were given lighter sentences.

For years, activists claimed the sisters received unjustly harsh sentences. The sisters said they were grateful to the governor for releasing them in January. Thursday, their attorney said it was time for a full pardon. According to Chokwe Lumumba, "Jamie and Gladys have been on suspended sentence. They are more than ready to be pardoned. These restrictions do affect their lives."

The march demanding a full pardon from the governor begins at Farish Street Park and end at the State Capitol. Lumumba said he hopes to speak to the Governor about the pardon request Thursday.

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