Two Mississippi sisters who have been imprisoned for 16 years were released on Friday morning on the condition that the younger sibling donate a kidney to her older sister, whose organs are failing.
Jamie and Gladys Scott walked out of the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Pearl, Miss. at just after 8 a.m. Central time Friday morning, and were greeted by their mother, their children and throngs of reporters.
The case of the Scott sisters attracted widespread attention after Gov. Haley Barbour suspended their double life sentences last month with the stipulation that Gladys Scott, 36, give one of her kidneys to Jamie Scott, 38.
The kidney donation was the sisters’ idea, and is supported by the N.A.A.C.P. and other civil rights organizations. But the unusual nature of the arrangement has been criticized by some medical ethicists.
Legal experts said that suspending a prison sentence contingent on an organ donation is highly unusual and may be unprecedented.
SG2’s thoughts: So glad the sisters are free. But It’s unethically & morally wrong the sisters are free on the condition of giving up an organ. It’s beyond the pale!
Haley Barbour, do the right thing. Give the sisters a full pardon. The CRIME was in the sentencing of these sisters. 2 life sentences for $11? It’s appalling! Their crime was being black in Mississippi!
What are your thoughts, 3 Chics?
Here’s some of what the Scott Sisters had to share about their imprisonment.