Non-profit rallies for continued use of ‘cold case’ playing cards for inmates

Published: Oct. 23, 2021 at 11:04 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - A non-profit organization rallied Saturday afternoon at the Hamilton County Justice Center to protest the sheriff’s decision to ban inmates from using ‘cold case’ playing cards at the jail.

Earlier this week, Hamilton County Sheriff Charmaine McGuffey pulled the plug on the program that allows inmates to use playing cards that contain the names and faces of victims whose murders remain unsolved.

In a statement, McGuffey said, “it has come to our attention that the inmates are using the playing cards to compromise the security of the locking mechanisms for the individual cells inside the jail.”

Carol Turnbull Avery, whose son’s murder was solved by inmate information, said, “I think these cards...these playing cards should stay in the jail to help solve some cases.”

Sheriff McGuffey says she will continue to support the group U Can Speak For Me and is working to create a strategy to continue distributing the cards in a way that will not compromise the security of the Hamilton County Jail.

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