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“Promoting organ donation is good. Reducing excessive prison terms is also good. Tying the two together is perverse.”

Kevin Ring, president of the criminal justice reform advocacy group Families Against Mandatory Minimums, regarding a Massachusetts bill that would let state prisoners donate organs and bone marrow to shave time off of their prison sentence. The bill, which has raised major ethical and legal questions, may go against federal law that bars the sale of human organs. (Associated Press — Feb. 8, 2023)

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