There is a chance that you could find yourself under arrest today.
The Canadian Cancer society’s Jail n’ Bail fundraiser is back for its 24th year, arresting dozens of Prince Albertans all for a good cause.
Charlene Bernard of the Canadian Cancer Society says that having a friend or loved one arrested is a fun and unique way to raise funds for cancer research.
Those wishing to have someone arrested can still do so, by phoning 306-764-4808.
“What we’ll do is send an arresting team down to get them,” Bernard said, adding that the person being arrested is usually “quite surprised.” Then they bring them back to our jail site at Gateway Mall, and appear in front of our judges to face the charges. The charges are made up by the person who called in the arrest, so even though the charges are anonymous, they usually figure out who made them.
Charges can range anywhere from “not approving enough vacation time” to “being too cheerful in the morning.”
The jailbirds are then given their “bail amount” and are put in holding cells.
“They are given a phone and a phone book, and they can use their contacts to raise their bail money through pledges,” Bernard said. “And we usually keep them about an hour, or as long they want.”
Bernard says that while some are able to raise the money right away, some people can take a little longer.
“Last year we had to kick a lady out, she wanted to make it through her contact list,” Bernard said with a laugh. “It’s a lot of fun.”
Jailbirds have also been known to try and play tricks with the judges.
“Sometimes they try to bribe the judges, and sometimes that goes backwards on them and their bail gets raised,” Bernard said.
Daily Herald managing editor Perry Bergson returns for a second year as a judge, sitting from 2-3 p.m.
The Canadian Caner Society hopes to raise around $25,000 for cancer programs in Prince Albert and Saskatchewan.