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  • He should be released because he's sick and tax payers should pay for the transplant if he cannot.

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  • He should remain in prison and tax payers should pay for his transpla.nt

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  • He should stay in prison and get the transplant if he can raise the money.

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  • He should be released and the tax payers should not be on the hook for his care.

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  • He should remain in prison and he should not get a new heart because he's a sexual predator..

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    Should a Convicted Child Molester Get a Heart Transplant at Tax Payer Expense?

    This was in the news today;
    A convicted rapists serving an 18-year-to-40-year sentence at Coxsackie Correctional Facility was flown to a Rochester hospital to undergo a possible heart transplant, Fox 23 reported Thursday. The station reports taxpayers will be on the hook for the procedure if it happens.
    http://blog.timesunion.com/crime/fox...ansplant/7763/

    So, what's your opinion on what should happen here?

    These will be the choices once I get the poll up.

    -He should be released from prison because he's sick and tax payers should pay for the transplant if he cannot.
    -He should remain in prison and get the transplant at tax payers expense.
    -He should remain in prison and he should get the transplant but only if he or his family can raise the money themselves. (I had to shorten this one for the poll)
    -He should be released from prison and the tax payers should not be on the hook for his care.
    -He should remain in prison and he's a sexual predator so he should not get a heart.
    -I don't know.
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    Re: Should a Convicted Child Molester Get a Heart Transplant at Tax Payer Expense?

    He should remain in prison and get the transplant at tax payers expense.

    He was sentenced, and he should fulfil that sentence.
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    Re: Should a Convicted Child Molester Get a Heart Transplant at Tax Payer Expense?

    Technically he is a ward of the state, and the state is responsible for all prisoners well being, and I think not treating a medical issue just because they are a heinous criminal, I think would violate the constitution, so I think he should get the transplant.
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    Re: Should a Convicted Child Molester Get a Heart Transplant at Tax Payer Expense?

    The dilema really is a good one. Our Constitution and sense of decency require us to provide proper medical care to people in custody. This isn't like someone having plastic surgery or an elective surgery. As a result the choice is clear, we either do the surgery or release the person. Since he was convicted, I would say that he should remain confined and we should do the surgery.
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    Re: Should a Convicted Child Molester Get a Heart Transplant at Tax Payer Expense?

    Denying the medically necessary procedure would be akin to imposing a death sentence and we do not have the death penalty for child molestation in this country. The Constitution does not allow for it.
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    Re: Should a Convicted Child Molester Get a Heart Transplant at Tax Payer Expense?

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    Technically he is a ward of the state, and the state is responsible for all prisoners well being, and I think not treating a medical issue just because they are a heinous criminal, I think would violate the constitution, so I think he should get the transplant.
    But if he gets the heart, that means somebody who's (probably) not a sex offender would not get the heart.
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    Re: Should a Convicted Child Molester Get a Heart Transplant at Tax Payer Expense?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    But if he gets the heart, that means somebody who's (probably) not a sex offender would get the heart.
    I understand that, but it's not legal for them to deny him healthcare I don't think, so our hands are tied here.
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    Re: Should a Convicted Child Molester Get a Heart Transplant at Tax Payer Expense?

    I think it's hard to say because you don't want to rob a person who has not committed a crime from getting a transplant which may be the case if you allow criminals to have them. But at the same accord, less you gave a life sentence you don't really want to condemn a man to death. Still I would have more sympathy for the common citizen in need of a heart as opposed to the criminal. And perhaps that's emotional, but that's pretty much how I feel.
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    Re: Should a Convicted Child Molester Get a Heart Transplant at Tax Payer Expense?

    Quote Originally Posted by disneydude View Post
    The dilema really is a good one. Our Constitution and sense of decency require us to provide proper medical care to people in custody. This isn't like someone having plastic surgery or an elective surgery. As a result the choice is clear, we either do the surgery or release the person. Since he was convicted, I would say that he should remain confined and we should do the surgery.
    Thanks, I think it's an interesting question. I probably should have made it multiple choice. I'm actually torn myself between letting him have the transplant if he can pay for it and not letting him have it at all. I think if he were released, for sure the tax payers should not have to pay for it.

    Quote Originally Posted by disneydude View Post
    Denying the medically necessary procedure would be akin to imposing a death sentence and we do not have the death penalty for child molestation in this country. The Constitution does not allow for it.
    What if he were on death row (say he killed his victim)? Would your answer change?
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    Re: Should a Convicted Child Molester Get a Heart Transplant at Tax Payer Expense?

    If he is a convicted child molester, then all the more reason to give him a new heart. For all we know it could change his life for the better.

    I don't see why a person's mistakes in life should prevent them from being cared for.

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