When: February 5, 2011 11am-8pm EST Where: Port Huron, Michigan, USA
Donate here: http://jailandbail.marchofdimes.com/personal_page.asp?w=547780
Prisoners are charged with a “crime” (Guilty of Kindness, Guilty of Doing Good for Babies, etc), and arraigned in front of the judge, and the bail is set. They raise bail money by contacting friends, family and acquaintances and having them pledge dollars to keep you in, or get you out of jail. The Keystone Kops are ready to round up prisoners and take them on a “Jail Break” or two. The Jail & Bail Event marks its 55th year in 2011. The event boasts that it is has always been the largest Jail & Bail event in the nation.
From the MarchofDimesph.com website:
"Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death and many lifelong disabilities. And it happens to more than half a million babies in the U.S. each year. Thank you for helping the March of Dimes find out what causes it and what can be done to prevent it.
One of the March of Dimes favorite events, Jail & Bail brings together community leaders and ordinary citizens for a common cause... fighting birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Since its inception in 1957 here in Port Huron, more than 5 million citizens have volunteered their time in the name of fun - and a good cause.
At this event, volunteer "jailbirds" serve time in a "mock jail." "Prisoners" are arraigned before a volunteer judge on trumped-up, outlandish charges, such as "reckless golf-cart driving." They are then sentenced to spend an hour in "the slammer" to raise bail in the form of donations to the March of Dimes. Nearly 500 events are held annually across the country."