States, Seeking Clues, Sell Inmates “Cold Case Cards”



Cold-case playing cards have started to get wide circulation in Colorado’s prison system, says the Denver Post. “Every card has a different cold case featured on it,” said a sheriff’s investigator. The state is selling the cards in prisons for 63 cents a pack, less than half the price of a normal deck. Colorado is the latest state to seize on an emerging trend to try to tap the knowledge of people who know the most about unsolved crimes – criminals. Other states using the cards include Florida, Ohio, Minnesota, Oregon, and Wisconsin.

Colorado Crime Stoppers pays for the cards’ printing, and inmates who generate tips leading to a conviction are eligible for rewards. A trio of inmates at a minimum-security prison played poker with a deck of the new cards in an activity room. They all said it could work. “Sometimes people tell you horror stories,” said Tano Torrez, 30, a convicted thief. “I have friends who told me things. They’re doing their time for murders.”

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