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In the US they propose to reduce prison sentences for donating organs

Currently only immediate family members are allowed (Photo: doublellave.com)}

Two Democratic legislators from the state of Massachusetts, USA, proposed a bill that would allow “eligible inmates” to reduce their sentence for donating their marrow or other organs from 60 to 365 days.

If the proposal is approved, a five-member committee would be established responsible for overseeing its implementation, as well as determining eligibility standards and reporting on annual donations and the estimated number of lives saved associated with those donations.

State Rep. Judith Garcia -cosponsor of the bill- He explained that the Massachusetts organ donation waiting list is nearly 5,000 strong, which disproportionately affects black and Hispanic residents, so the project would help minorities find a compatible donor.

It must be remembered that the US Federal Bureau of Prisons allows organ donation by inmates only if the recipient is a member of their immediate family.

No state authorizes the donation of organs from executed prisoners, even if they were registered donors.

Jesse White, policy director for Massachusetts Inmate Legal Services, said they are concerned “the potential for coercion and impact of inadequate medical care in prison settings”.

Likewise, Kevin Ring, president of the non-profit organization Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) reHe rejected the bill, saying he doesn’t think it’s likely to become law, given the negative responses he’s received.

“It sounds like something out of a science fiction book or a horror story,” Ring said.

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