Operation Blue, ULTRA: DION--the donation inmate organ network

Kennedy Inst Ethics J. 2003 Mar;13(1):37-43. doi: 10.1353/ken.2003.0002.


Presently more than 80,000 Americans await an organ transplant, while 10 to 12 people die each day because of the lack of organs. The program proposed here would allow federal inmates additional "time off" for agreeing to become living donors or to provide organs or their bodies upon death. Such a program could add 100 to 170 thousand new organ donors to the pool, with another 10 to 12 thousand added annually. If the program were applied to all state inmates, up to 4 million new donors might be added, with another 10 to 13 thousand added annually. Given the extreme need for more organ donors and the need for more living donors, the current National Transplant Act of 1984 and the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act must be amended, while still retaining control of donation procedures.

MeSH terms

  • Coercion
  • Contracts
  • Human Body
  • Humans
  • Motivation*
  • Prisoners / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Public Policy*
  • Registries
  • Tissue Donors / ethics
  • Tissue Donors / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Tissue and Organ Procurement / ethics
  • Tissue and Organ Procurement / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • United States