The drums were sounding and the voices chanting "No justice, No peace" this as hundreds took the streets of downtown Jackson with one message. "Scott sisters must be free." that message echoed through the streets as these supports of Gladys and Jamie Scott demanded a full pardon of sisters.
"They been incarcerated too long and we need to have full pardons."
The sisters were convicted and sentenced to double life sentences in 1994 for an armed robbery. The sisters have maintained their innocence and after spending 16 years in jail, Governor Haley Barbour released them in January, with a condition that one sister donate a kidney to the other. While they may be out of jail, they still live under parole and have felony convictions, which these supportors say need to be wiped away.
"This is an injustice that needs to be taken care of."
"Haley Barbour can't you see...", the crowd chanted.
They first took their demands straight to the gates of the governor's mansion before converging on the state capitol where they were met by the Scott sisters themselves.
Cheers the sisters say they thank the governor for releasing them, but a full pardon is the only solution.
Jamie Scott says, "I'm grateful that Mr. Barbour did the first step, but now he needs to come on and do the right thing".
That so called "right thing" may not happen. Governor Barbour's office issued a simple statement in response to the rally, saying quote "Another petition for a pardon will be denied."
However, that's not stopping these sisters. Gladys Scott says, "We gone keep on and keep on and fight until me and my sister be full pardoned."
While fighting for a pardon the sisters plan to fight for those who are wrongfully or unjustly behind bars.
Jamie Scott says, "There's a lot of Jamie and Gladys still in Central Mississippi Correctional Facility,".
Meanwhile, supporters say the drums won't stop and the voices won't go silent.
"We gonna keep on a walking, keep on a talking..." the crowd sang.
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