Christian Longo, 37, was convicted of killing his wife and three children on 2001, by the state of Oregon. He is campaigning to be allowed to donate his organs after he is executed in his desire to take more responsibility for his crimes and pay his debt to society.
He says; “If I donated all of my organs today, I could clear nearly 1 percent of my state’s organ waiting list. I am 37 years old and healthy; throwing my organs away after I am executed is nothing but a waste.”
There is no particular law against prisoners donating their organs but the executions in the state are carried out using a three-drug lethal injections process that destroys organs. Longo is trying to get Oregon to use a one-drug solution so his organs can be saved.
Longo has started a website in efforts to receive support from the public and has promised to stop appealing his death sentence if he is permitted to become an organ donor. According to Oregon’s KPTV, prison officials don’t want to inmates to think they can sell their body parts or negotiate their appeals.
However, the simple fact of the matter is that the death of an inmate does serve justice, but even justice doesn’t restore the lives of those that inmate tore apart or compensate their loss to society in any way. Here is a chance for the inevitable death of a criminal to actually save to life of a handful of people.