The Virginia government is taking an out-of-the-box approach to solving homicide cases by placing victims’ information and faces on playing cards and distributing them to inmates, hoping that one will recognize the deceased person and offer details that could help complete the murder investigation.
A press release from Virginia’s Attorney General’s office states that the playing cards have “been distributed to inmates within the Richmond City Justice Center for recreational use.” If the information provided by the inmates leads to solving the case, that individual will receive a reward.
“The loss of a murdered loved one is devastating. Not receiving justice makes it even worse. I’m hopeful that this creative tool will help law enforcement provide answers and justice to these families,” Attorney General Jason Miyares said in a press release.
“Families of loved ones who were taken from our community deserve closure and we’ve seen this be an effective resource in other jurisdictions,” Richmond Chief of Police Gerald Smith added. “We are proud to participate in this endeavor as this is a creative method for generating interest and information on pending cases that could help generate new leads.”
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