The Ethics Of Habitual Criminal Offenders

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In this research paper, I will further elaborate on the ethics involving habitual criminal offenders in whether or not they should eligible to receive a life-saving organ transplant. Google defines habitual criminal offenders as people who were convicted of a new crime and was previously convicted of a crime(s). In a multitude of US states, there are the habitual offender laws in place to discourage such happenings, but it still happens and as of 2016, there are roughly 1.6 million people in federal and state prisons, a good percentage habitual. Then, there is the aging population in prison in need of care as denying them of such violates the 8th Amendment as cruel and unusual punishment and there are also a number of prisoners in need of…show more content…
UNOS stated that focus on the needs of the person as opposed to person when giving out organs. This goes back to ethics in which John Rawls discusses about the Veil of Ignorance. This concept focuses on the basic needs and wants of the person, erasing all distinctive traits of the person such as whether they are in prison or not. I will discuss the ethics involved in this topic later as I focus on UNOS and its partners. According to the American Medical Association 's Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs, they suggest to use medical criteria in discussing who gets the organs in which includes whether they benefit the patient and improve their life. Also in the matter of ethics, this goes to Utilitarianism, where it focuses on Consequentialism in which the person to perform an action to overall create best results. Despite this statement, there are people who disagree otherwise in treating prisoners. Going back to what prisoners lose and gain when they go to prison, the question was raised when taxpayers began to realize that prisoners get better treatment than the honest person. This was when the organ transplant situation was brought up and the process is incredibly pricey with Kenneth Pike, a convicted rapist, needing a $800,000 heart transplant. However, denying the said person of healthcare because he was in a terrible person violates the 8th Amendment and prisoners are unable to get healthcare insurance
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