Here's an excellent article covering the Scott Sisters' history from the folks at Solitary Watch - I was hoping to see something on them from Jim soon...blessings to you both for getting this out when you did.
If Jamie's going to be there even another week, perhaps Wexford should be the target of the next big PR campaign and public protest - they should be sitting down with Jamie and her family, looking at her chart, explaining her illness, prognosis, etc - why do I keep repeating that? if they still haven't been fully disclosing or made any attempt to really educate and empower Jamie around managing her kidney disease, then MDOC should be dropping that contract pronto because they're going to kill even more people that way.
Epps - how can you possibly say that you're satisfied with the work Wexford's doing after all this?You wouldn't be if that was your daughter - would you? I think there's a different standard here.
On February 25, a small crowd gathered outside the state capitol in Jackson, Mississippi, to push for the release of sisters Jamie and Gladys Scott, who are serving two consecutive life sentences apiece for a 1993 armed robbery in which no one was injured and the take, by most accounts, was about $11. Supporters of the Scott sisters have long tried to draw attention to their case, as an extreme example of the distorted justice and Draconian sentencing policies that have overloaded prisons, crippled state budgets, and torn families apart across the United States. But in recent months, their cause has taken on a new urgency, because for Jamie Scott, an unwarranted life sentence may soon become a death sentence.
Those who have raised concerns about Wexford include the company’s former regional medical director, the former medical director of Lea County Correctional Facility (LCCF) in Hobbs and numerous former and current Wexford medical employees. Their allegations are all hauntingly similar:
Wexford refuses to fill critical medical positions. Wexford refuses to grant off-site visits for seriously ill inmates. Wexford refuses to renew critical prescription medicine for inmates. And, according to those who worked for the company, and some who still do, the company’s insistence on the bottom line over the care of its charges causes inmates to suffer, sometimes with lasting, even fatal, results.
They thought it up. They came up with the plan. They duped three young teenage boys into going along and doing something stupid that is going to cost them the next eight years of their lives in the penitentiary.
That probably makes me, at least, as mad about this case, simply at least as much, as the fact that two people got robbed. That three young boys were duped into doing the dirty work.