Ok­la­homa pris­ons sell­ing in­mates cold case play­ing cards

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OK­LA­HOMA CITY — 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,” he said. “It’s our be­lief that ... much of this in­for­ma­tion I speak of rests within in­di­vid­u­als who are in­car­cer­ated,” said Stan Florence, the di­rec­tor of the Ok­la­homa State Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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 new decks fea­tur­ing other un­solved cases. Even­tu­ally, they’ll be the only cards in­mates can buy.

“There are in­di­vid­u­als, be­lieve it or not, who share in­for­ma­tion, even though they’re in­car­cer­ated,” All­baugh said of in­mates who pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about un­solved crimes.

KEN MILLER / AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Play­ing cards fea­tur­ing un­solved and uniden­ti­fied homi­cides or miss­ing per­son cases are dis­played at Ok­la­homa State Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion head­quar­ters in Ok­la­homa City, Wed­nes­day.

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