Dutch inmates solve crimes

Dutch inmates help solve mystery murders – the police distributed calendars to prisons across the Netherlands. Each week of the calendar features the photograph of a murder victim or a missing person, as well as details about the case. The pilot program started in January and was already a small success. Two out of the 52 cases could be reopened due to tip-offs from inmates.

Research shows that inmates know a lot about other crimes as people in prison talk about the crimes they committed. They are allowed to make the tip-offs anonymously. A spokesman of the Dutch police says the victims in the calendar are all innocent people. Prisoners have their pride and their own codes and there is no respect for people who kill innocent women and children.

The program was inspired by a similar one in the United States where inmates were given decks of cards with details about cold cases. The Netherlands has about 1,500 unsolved cases, classified as cold cases. The 52 that were chosen for the calendar were cases the public found particularly shocking. 30,000 copies of the calendar were distributed to Dutch inmates in different languages to reach as many people as possible.

Dutch (dʌtʃ) – holländisch, niederländisch

inmate (ˈɪnmt) – der Insasse

to solve (sɒlv) – etw lösen, aufklären

to distribute (dɪˈstrɪbju:t) – etw verteilen, aufteilen

across (əˈkrɒs) – über (across town – über die ganze Stadt)

to feature (ˈfi:əʳ) – etw aufweisen, jdn/etw zeigen, ausstellen

case (ks) – der (Rechts)fall

to reopen (ˌri:ˈəʊpən) – etw wieder eröffnen, wieder aufmachen

tip-off (tɪpf) – der Wink, der Hinweis

research (rɪˈsɜ:) – die Forschung

crime (krm) – das Verbrechen

to commit (kəˈmɪt) – etw begehen

to allow (əˈl) – etw erlauben, etw ermöglichen

spokesman (ˈspəʊksmæn) – der Sprecher, der Pressesprecher

innocent (ˈɪnəsənt) – unschuldig

pride (prd) – der Stolz

similar (ˈsɪmɪləʳ) – ähnlich

to classify (ˈklæsɪf) – etw einordnen, klassifizieren

particularly (pɑ:ˈtɪkjələli) – besonders, vor allem