Come Friday, Feb. 24, a lot of local citizens might find themselves locked up in jail and hoping to make bail! Relay For Life Jail and Bail, that is.
Set for Stagecoach Mall from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., over 20 residents will be picked up by Police Chief Chad Sprunk for a wide range of crimes from impersonating a school principal and charging high interest on loans to jaywalking and “cooking the books.” It is all in good fun and all for the benefit of the Relay For Life of Jefferson County. That event will take place later in the summer on June 17 at a new location downtown around the square.
According to Jail and Bail organizer, Diane Schutt, the event, in its second year, went over really well last year.
“We had about 22 jail birds last year who managed to raise over $3, 800 in bail money for our local Relay. I don’t think it was too painful for them and they enjoyed being able to give back to this great cause. Cancer is the number two killer in America. In our community, many of our friends and family have battled this horrible disease so the cause is very close to home,” she said.
Criminals will have their mug shots taken at the jail to be posted on the Relay’s Facebook page. After that, the suspects will use their cell phones to call friends and family to get pledges for their bail. Each person must raise a minimum of $200 for Relay For Life to earn bail. Many of the criminals go above and beyond this total though, Schutt said. Once bail is reached, the suspect is released with thanks.
The community can take part in having people arrested, too. For a $20 fee, an outstanding warrant can be written for a co-worker, friend or family member. Jail personnel will then go retrieve these individuals and take them to jail unless they pay a $20 bail bond. People interested in having someone arrested can contact Diane Schutt at 402-300- 1211 and leave a message.
So the jail cells may be busting at their seams in a few days, but it is all for a good cause, Schutt said.