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The Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice and the Connecticut Department of Corrections collaborated to create a series of playing cards containing information about cold cases, which are distributed to state inmates in hopes of generating new leads from the population. The fourth edition of the cards was released last week. (Image: Courtesy of the Connecticut Department of Correction)

With the hopes of finding their killers, the state is again putting the faces of victims in dozens of unsolved slayings in front of inmates on playing cards.

Officials from the chief state's attorney's office announced Tuesday that a fourth edition of the cold case playing cards has been released to inmates in state prisons. Most of the cases featured in the 52-card decks are victims of unsolved homicides, but a handful are missing persons.

"The cold case playing cards have proven to be a valuable tool assisting our investigators with what are among the most challenging cases," said Chief State's Attorney Kevin Kane in a statement. "Every tip that we get from someone who sees a card and remembers something is another step toward achieving justice to the victims of these crimes and their loved ones."

The cards are produced by the cold case unit of the chief state's attorney's office, a unit tasked with closing cases that date back decades.

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