Saturday, March 17, 2007

S.C. may cut jail time for organ donors - Yahoo! News

S.C. may cut jail time for organ donors - Yahoo! News:
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Inmates in South Carolina could soon find that a kidney is
worth 180 days.
Lawmakers are considering legislation that would let
prisoners donate organs or bone marrow in exchange for time off their sentences.
A state Senate panel on Thursday endorsed creating an organ-and-tissue
donation program for inmates. But legislators postponed debate on a measure to
reduce the sentences of participating prisoners, citing concern that federal law
may not allow it.

Interesting article on a program to trade a kidney for a reduced sentence of 6 months. There has always been a tendency to remove any incentives to donate an organ by UNOS. There is a state tax deduction in many states.

As for time off of a sentence, there are obvious ethical considerations. Would this be taking advantage of incarcerated prisoners? I personally am not opposed to this law. Prisoners would be giving a great service to society in donating an organ. 6 months does not seem like a great incentive, but will help give something back to someone who did a great thing.

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