Playing Cards Used To Help Solve Cold Cases

Prison officials in Hartford, Conn., have found a way to advertise for help. Prisoners are getting free decks of cards. The cards have pictures of victims in unsolved cases, along with descriptions of the crimes. Inmates get a reward for passing on information.

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They say it takes a thief to catch a thief, so prison officials in Hartford, Connecticut found a way to advertise for help. Prisoners are getting free decks of cards. The cards have pictures of victims in unsolved cases, along with descriptions of the crimes. Inmates get a reward for passing on information. Officials say this program has already worked in other states. In any case, it is easier than taking the inmates on a field trip to see the wanted posters at the post office.

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