The 'Friends of Marcia Powell' are autonomous groups and individuals engaging in prisoner outreach, informal advocacy, and organized protest and direct actions in a sustained campaign to: promote prisoner rights and welfare in America; engage the Arizona public in a creative and thoughtful critique of our system of "justice;” deconstruct the prison industrial complex; and dismantle this racist, classist patriarchy...

Retiring "Free Marcia Powell"

As of December 2, 2010 (with occasional exceptions) I'm retiring this blog to direct more of my time and energy into prisoner rights and my other blogs; I just can't do anyone justice when spread so thin. I'll keep the site open so folks can search the archives and use the links, but won't be updating it with new posts. If you're looking for the latest, try Arizona Prison Watch. Most of the pieces posted here were cross-posted to one or both of those sites already.

Thanks for visiting. Peace out - Peg.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Jamie Scott and Mississipi Prison Watch.

Here's the latest on Jamie - now back in the prison infirmary. After this post her primary prison watchers will be at I just posted this there a short bit ago.  
Please continue to follow and support them, and learn about these issues the Scott Sisters' situation brings up. I'm still trying to figure out what most of the right questions are, much less the answers. We need to connect with more of the boots on the ground already in Mississippi - people who can rightfully call it their home, who knows how the place works. Give the other Mississippi Prison Watch folks a hand and take on some research or advocacy with them. Help build the site while it's fresh.

We'll back the Scott family up however we can from here, but we need to keep the primary focus of this site on Arizona's prison industrial complex - and on our prisoners. We just needed to hook up some watchers for all these other prisons before stepping back any.

-------------------from Mississippi Prison Watch---------------

Scott Watch: Lifting as we Climb.

This came via the Scott Sisters' support network today. I'd also encourage people to contact the Kidney Foundation (local and national chapters) and organ donor advocacy groups and let them know that a critically ill Mississippi patient desperately needs their expertise. Refer them to the Free the Scott Sisters blog. Nancy Lockhart is one of the main contacts, though I am not sure who authored the post below.


Jamie's Life Saved by Fellow Prisoner!


Jamie Scott called home last night to the relief of her mother and family!

Following dialysis treatment at the prison last week Jamie was locked in a cell and was not checked on at all by anyone for a very long while.  When an inmate stopped by Jamie's cell to speak to her, the inmate was alarmed that she was not moving and was completely unresponsive.  It was because of this inmate yelling out for help that Jamie was found to be in shock and rushed by ambulance to the Central Mississippi Medical Facility, where she had been a patient during the entire time the prison refused to give her mother or legal supporters any information at all.

If not for this inmate's intervention Jamie may not have survived.  Her heart rate and blood pressure were way off, as well as her magnesium levels.  Her treatment had not been carried out properly and the doctor had to send back written instructions on how to care for her.  The doctor alerted Jamie that there was a problem with the insertion of the temporary catheter in her neck and that it's placement could lead to infection, stating that the doctor who placed it needed to be contacted.  
As of last night Jamie was in the prison infirmary.

We are more concerned than ever about Jamie's medical care and are still pushing for mainstream media coverage to shine a bright light on her steady, perilous decline due to CUT-RATE medical care with the prison's rule of thumb being whatever is quickest, cheapest (whether or not it's actually the right treatment) or nothing at all!  

Although Mrs. Rasco has a legal advisor, Atty Jaribu Hill, she is still in dire need of a criminal attorney.  There are many issues that need to be addressed and we are actively seeking any information that would help her obtain a lawyer.  We are extremely fortunate to have a fantastic and heavily experienced paralegal recently volunteer to work with us and who  would be of great assistance to any attorney that would help to right the very egregious wrongs the Scott Sisters have suffered these many years.  

Jamie Scott nor her sister should even be locked down in that prison  in the first place, this case is galling beyond belief and calls into question  every platitude this nation applies to itself when falsely lauding itself as a  human rights champion!  Please continue to make as many contacts as  possible on the Scott Sisters' behalf, we are interested in all of your ideas and creativity to get this story out there!

--Here are the contacts - including several not on earlier posts - to advocate for Jamie---


Governor Haley Barbour

P.O. Box 139
Jackson, Mississippi 39205
1-877-405-0733 or 601-359-3150
Fax: 601-359-3741

(If you reach VM leave msgs, faxes, and please send letters)

Brad Rogers, Mayor (Where Jamie is incarcerated):
City of Pearl
P.O. Box 5948
Pearl, MS 39288-5948

(Street Address for City of Pearl):
2420 Old Brandon Road
Pearl, MS 39208

Congressman Gregg Harper

(the women in this prison should be his constituents; cite their address)
 3rd Congressional District
2507-A Old Brandon Road
Pearl, MS 39208
Phone: (601) 932 2410
Fax: (601) 932 4647

U.S. Senator Thad Cochran
United States Senate
Wash., D.C. 20510-2402
JACKSON 601-965-4459
Contact Form:

Attorney General Eric Holder
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001



(601) 960-4426 newsroom
(601) 355-7830 newsroom fax

"Stribling, Wilson" <>, ( Asst News Director )

calling 601-922-1607. To report news tips, call 601-922-1652. to submit news to the MGR, news anchor or anyone use this link

Phone: (601) 372-6311
Fax: (601) 372-8798


National MEDIA:

Listing of NBC/MSNBC Show e-mails at

NBC News
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, N.Y. 10112
Phone: (212) 664-4444
Fax: (212) 664-4426



524 W. 57 St., New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-975-4321
Fax: 212-975-1893


77 W. 66 St., New York, NY 10023
Phone: 212-456-7777


One CNN Center, Box 105366, Atlanta, GA 30303-5366
Phone: 404-827-1500
Fax: 404-827-1784


Geraldo Rivera:

Oprah Contact Form:

USA Today
7950 Jones Branch Dr., McLean, VA 22108
Phone: 703-854-3400
Fax: 703-854-2078

Associated Press
450 West 33rd St., New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212-621-1500
Fax: 212-621-7523
General Questions and Comments:

Dr. Gloria Perry, Director
MDOC Medical Department
(601) 359-5155

Margaret Bingham, Superintendent of Central Mississippi Corrections Facility
(601) 932-2880
FAX: (601) 664-0782
P.O. Box 88550
Pearl, Mississippi 39208

Christopher Epps, Commissioner of Prisons for the State of Mississippi

723 North President Street
Jackson, MS 39202

Emmitt Sparkman, Deputy Commissioner MDOC
(601) 359-5610

Congressman Bennie Thompsom
Washington, D.C. Office
2432 Rayburn HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
(202) 225-5876
(202) 225-5898 (Fax)

Jackson, Mississippi Office
3607 Medgar Evers Blvd
Jackson, MS 39213
(601) 946-9003
(601)-982-5337 (Fax)

Congressman Alcee L. Hastings
Washington Office
2353 Rayburn Office Building
Washington D.C. 20515
Tel: (202) 225-1313
Fax: (202) 225-1171

Congressman Jeff Miller
Washington D.C.
2439 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4136
Fax: (202) 225-3414

Toll Free Phone Number to District Office
Pensacola, Florida
Phone: 866-367-1614

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