The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Mississippi Sisters:
16 Years in Prison for Nothing

Jan 10, 2011

Two Georgia women were released from prison in Mississippi where they had served 16 years of a life sentence ... for robbing someone of $11. The convictions were based on dubious evidence that the sisters actually played any role in the crime. But even if they had ... a life sentence for $11?

The governor of Mississippi suspended their sentences, but did not commute them, on condition that one sister donate a kidney for the other sister, who had developed end-stage renal disease while in prison.

“Compassion”? Not at all. Mississippi’s governor admitted he was releasing them to relieve the state of Mississippi from the costs of treating the kidney disease.

When it comes to justice or money, money always trumps in a state not only made degenerate by capitalism, but whose politicians are deranged by Mississippi’s long, long, long history of racist violence.