Inmates around Florida have been given the chance to help authorities solve cold cases. They’ve been distributed two decks with faces of victims in 104 unsolved crimes that range from murder to disappearances, reports the Tallahassee Democrat. The playing cards are distributed as part of program organized by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Department of Corrections, the Attorney General’s Office and the Florida Association of Crime Stoppers. More than 100,000 decks will be distributed and the cases can also be seen online at http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/OSI/Unsolved/.
Each card features a photograph and factual information about the homicide or missing-person case. The Cold Case Playing Card program cost about $80,000 to print the cards and is funded through the Crime Stoppers Trust fund, established by the Legislature in 1998. The program grows out of a similar one begun in 2005 by law enforcement officials serving the Polk County Cold Case Assessment Team. They were inspired by the playing cards distributed to U.S. troops in Iraq showcasing the country’s most wanted fugitives.