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Massachusetts: Prisoners may get a reduced sentence by donating organs

Massachusetts: Prisoners may get a reduced sentence by donating organs



A new law was proposed in  Massachusetts, and prisoners may get a reduced sentence by donating their organs.

According to a report by the British “Guardian” on February 1, two state legislators in the US state of Massachusetts proposed a new bill that, if passed, would allow prisoners in the state to get their sentences reduced by donating their organs or bone marrow.

 

Massachusetts: Prisoners may get a reduced sentence by donating organs

 

 

The lawmakers, both Democrats, have reportedly introduced a new bill aimed at establishing an organ donation program within the state’s corrections department.

If the bill is passed, eligible incarcerated persons who donate their organs or bone marrow can receive a sentence reduction of no less than 60 days and no more than 365 days.

If the bill comes to fruition, it will also create a five-member committee to oversee the plan.

The committee will also decide on the eligibility of incarcerated persons to participate in the program, as well as determine the “quantity of bone marrow and organs to be donated for commutation of sentences.”

 

Currently, the US Bureau of Prisons only allows inmates to donate their organs to their immediate family members. But in many states, including Massachusetts, prison inmates do not have access to organ or bone marrow donation.

 

Additionally, no state allows death row inmates to donate their organs, even if they were registered organ donors before they were sentenced.

 

According to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), there are 104,413 people in the United States currently waiting for an organ transplant, of which 58,970 are urgent.

 

Judith Garcia, the Democratic state representative for Suffolk County, Massachusetts’ 11th District, who co-sponsored the bill, said the bill would “restore the bodily autonomy of incarcerated persons by providing the opportunity to donate organs and bone marrow,” and “Offering reduced sentences at the discretion of imprisoned donors”.

 

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