Mandating organ donation
Combined, they added more than 11,000 new registrations.
Schooling their peers: Can students encourage others on campus to register?
Would the reduction in sentence apply to the offer to donate, or would it only be honored if the act of donation took place?
If the act of donation would exclusively qualify for the reduction in sentence, then the law or policy would discriminate against individuals found to be medically unsuitable to donate organs.
Periodically the Division of Transplantation (Do T) emails a bulletin sharing information about research projects funded through Do T.
These projects added 505 new registrations to the Michigan Organ Donor Registry.
The New York and Michigan projects evaluated the effectiveness of point-of-decision materials, donor registration volunteers at DMVs, DMV staff training, and mandating that DMV staff ask the donor registration question to every customer. Read the January 2017 Grant Bulletin (PDF - 498 KB), the first in a two-part series exploring projects that tested ways to increase the rates at which people register at the DMV.
Part 1 features projects in Florida and West Virginia that increased registration rates, added 9,600 additional donor registrations to state registries, and identified strategies that work at the DMV. Read the November 2016 Grant Bulletin (PDF - 565 KB) to learn the results of three grant projects that tested ways to encourage adults ages 50 and older to register as organ, eye, and tissue donors.
Need to educate ESRD patients about their transplant options?
The January 2018 Grant Bulletin (PDF - 194 KB) highlights two grant projects that found that tailoring living donor kidney transplant education to patients’ readiness to pursue living and deceased donation can result in more knowledgeable patients who are more willing to take steps toward transplantation.
Any law or proposal that allows a person to trade an organ for a reduction in sentence, particularly a sentence from death to life in prison, raises numerous issues.