Cold Case Playing Cards Issued To Norfolk Inmates


NORFOLK, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Norfolk County Corrections Center is giving inmates decks of cards featuring pictures of victims and most-wanted criminals.

The goal is to gain more information on these cases. Sheriff Jerry McDermott says the inmates play with the cards during their recreation time.

"Inmates love to talk, so there is an anonymous tip line," McDermott said. "One thing we found in working with our internal affairs and hand-in-hand with the district attorney's office is we do get credible, actionable information from our inmates."

The cards have a purpose for those outside of jail, as well, ensuring cold cases will not be forgotten.

"We want to make sure we can bring closure and justice to the families who are still grieving, who are still waiting for some of these unsolved cases," McDermott said.

The program has received support from Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey.

"Things that may be a little out of the ordinary, you don't know whether they are good or bad until you try it, and the sheriff is taking a little bit of that leap of faith," Morrissey said. "The U.S. government also used the cards overseas in Iraq, to try to track down some of the Saddam Hussein regime."

About 18 of the most wanted cards are Norfolk-specific cases, while the rest are statewide.

WBZ NewsRadio's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports

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