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Death row inmate pushes for prisoner organ donations

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An Oregon death row inmate is again pushing for prisoners to be included on organ donation registries.

Christian Longo, convicted of killing his wife and children on the Oregon Coast in 2001, founded G.A.V.E., an organization advocating for organ and tissue donation from inmates.

In an interview with Fox 12 in 2011, Longo said he will stop appealing his death sentence if he's allowed to donate his organs to people who need them.

"The option of giving a life, if that's the best that I can do, that's what I'll try to do," he said in a jailhouse interview. "I'm not trying to make up for anything or redeem anything. It just makes sense."

It's a stance reaffirmed on the organization's website.

G.A.V.E., in a press release sent out Tuesday, said prisoners are using May Day to push for this cause. The campaign includes promotional posters that list a blood type and location, but do not identify prisoners by name.

"None are looking for notoriety," the press release states. "They would simply like to give the gift of life to those who will die without it."

The Oregon Department of Corrections previously stated they won't negotiate with a death row inmate about the appeals process.

In January, according to the Deseret News, Utah became the first state to pass legislation allowing prisoners to voluntarily sign up for the donor registry. Within six weeks, 237 inmates registered.

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