Massachusetts Bill Will Allow Inmates To Trade Their Organs For A Reduced Prison Sentence

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A new bill proposed by Massachusetts lawmakers will allow inmates to donate their organs for a shorter sentence, CBS News reported.

Democratic Reps. Judith Garcia, of Chelsea, and Carlos Gonzalez of Springfield sponsored the bill which will give inmates the choice of 60 days to a year off their prison sentence

“on the condition that the incarcerated individual has donated bone marrow or organ(s).”

Their justification for the bill is that it will

“restore bodily autonomy to incarcerated folks”

and increase the number of donors, especially for people of color who have a hard time finding a match. However, the proposed bill has since sparked controversy with critics calling it


“It’s like you’re harvesting organs. It just doesn’t feel right. It doesn’t feel humane… You’re bargaining with vulnerable people over their time,”

Project Turnaround founder Romilda Pereira told the Boston Globe. 

“There are certainly ways we can engage our free communities in educating them about the options of organ and bone marrow donation,”

Monik Jiménez a Brigham & Women’s Hospital epidemiologist said.

“But going to our incarcerated population as a source is problematic, at best, and exploitative.”  

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