Here is an excerpt from a Holbrook Mohr for The Huffington Post:
After 16 years in prison, Jamie Scott, 36, is on daily dialysis, which officials say costs the state about $200,000 a year.While the idea may have been the prisoners, it seems Barbour's motivation may be based more on the state's financials, after all, what better way to save the government $200,000 a year then to require another inmate, who will be released saving the government even more money, to donate their kidney. This sounds like government getting in between individual medical decisions, and it sounds as if Barbour is using his position to save his state money.
Barbour agreed to release her because of her medical condition, but 38-year-old Gladys Scott's release order says one of the conditions she must meet is to donate the kidney within one year.
The idea to donate the kidney was Gladys Scott's and she volunteered to do it in her petition for early release.
While this inmate claims they want to help their sister, it seems they are only willing to do so on condition that they are released from prison.
The controversy surrounding organ donations and prisoners is nothing new, but considering the complaints from the right about health care reform, it appears that Barbour's stance would be extremely hypocritical.
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