Prisons sell cold case playing cards
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma authorities are hoping to solve killings and other cold cases by selling playing cards that feature the cases to prisoners.
The first in a planned series of decks is already on sale for $1.42 at six of the state's lockups, and a second deck is already being planned.
The cards are reminiscent of those distributed to U.S. troops during the Iraq War that featured members of Saddam Hussein's government, except these feature unsolved cases from 1978 through 2013.
"We recognize that virtually every single case that is unresolved, there is information that rests within at least one individual, if not more than one individual," said Stan Florence, the director of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. "It's our belief that ... much of this information I speak of rests within individuals who are incarcerated," he said.
Florence said other states, including Florida, Colorado, Connecticut and South Carolina, have similar programs that have led to the solving of about 40 unsolved homicides.
Joe Allbaugh, the state Department of Corrections director, said each deck costs $1.09 to produce, and the profits will be used to create new decks featuring other unsolved cases. Eventually, they'll be the only cards inmates can buy.