Jail-N-Bail raises money for cancer research


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September 17, 2015 8:15 AM

It’s almost time for the Canadian Cancer Society’s Jail-N-Bail, where people can drop the dime on their co-workers for a good cause.

Taking place on Sept. 29, the event raises money for the Canadian Cancer Society by forcing the “perpetrators” to raise pledges which are then used as bail money when they go up in front of the judge at a mock trial.

“Two detectives go out and, of course, they’re two ordinary volunteers,” said Joyce Pawlowski, managing specialist for the Canadian Cancer Society. “They go out and they arrest the person. They bring them back to a mock jail, (the person) goes in front of the judge and when we sign you up we’ll give you a bail as well as a charge.”

The judge the asks the defendant how they plead, with most people having their funds at least partially raised by pledge sheets or online, and depending on whether he is satisfied, he might tell them to raise more and send them back to the slammer.

“He’ll send you to the mock jail for an hour, at which time the detectives will take you back to work or wherever they picked you up from,” said Pawlowski.

The Canadian Cancer Society’s Jail-N-Bail has been done in Saskatchewan since 1986 and Pawlowski says this year they’ve improved conditions for the jail birds by updating it with a new cell, instead of “the old rickety one” they’ve used in the past.

The money that’s raised at the event is used for cancer research and support services for patients like financial assistance and volunteer driver programs.

According to their press release, every citizen can arrange for the arrest of their boss or co-worker, or make an acting debut as a judge, detective, prosecutor, defence attorney or court reporter.

“It’s not too late to sign anybody up,” said Pawlowski.

“We also do surprise arrests.”

Pawlowski says people can sign up until the day of Jail-N-Bail but recommends getting involved earlier to give the perp enough time to raise bail.

Anyone interested in volunteering or snitching out their co-workers can contact Pawlowski by email at jpawlowski@sk.cancer.ca or by phone at 306-790-9879.

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