Locked up for youth at risk

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Whitelion’s Bail Out is heading into its 7th year in 2012 and is set to be bigger, badder and better than ever.

The iconic event will take place on Friday 25 May 2012 at the notorious Old Melbourne Gaol – City Watch House, a dark and difficult place for any inmate.

The experience exposes inmates to life on the inside with activities that simulate prison life. Upon arrival, inmates will be stripped of possessions, fingerprinted, photographed and shunned into the main exercise yard where they will be fed prison gruel. Inmates will face a judiciary and have their cases heard in the Old Magistrate’s Court before being sentenced to cell time with their gang or other solitary inmates. A minimum of $1,000 per inmate must be raised to secure release.

Upon reaching their bail target, inmates will be released and escorted to the Parole Party to celebrate their achievement with friends, family and colleagues.

Since its humble beginnings in Melbourne in 2006, Bail Out has grown to become a national campaign across Australia, inspiring thousands of brave individuals to get locked up for a good cause. In 2011, over 200 inmates were imprisoned for the night, raising over $415,000.

To get involved for youth at risk and to learn more about Bail Out and Whitelion, visit www.whitelionbailout.org.au