'St Helier 12' voluntarily spend day behind bars to raise money for charity

Twelve people will voluntarily spend a day behind bars to understand what life as a prisoner at Jersey's La Moye Prison entails.

'The St Helier 12' were sentenced at the Old Magistrates Court, after which they were led away in handcuffs and taken to the prison.

Each person must raise £1,500 in 'bail' which will be donated to Shelter Trust if they are to be freed the next morning.

'The St Helier 12' are:

  • Constable Len Norman, Jersey's Minister for Home Affairs

  • Crime writer Peter James

  • Jersey's Chief of Police Robin Smith

  • Gavin Reid, Managing Director of Randalls

  • Nigel Campbell, CEO of Mercury Distribution

  • Reverend Canon Geoff Houghton, Vice Dean of Jersey and Trustee of Shelter Trust

  • Amy Bryant, Deputy Chief Executive of Jersey Finance

  • Nigel Hair, Chief Operating Officer of HSBC Channel Islands and Isle of Man

  • Mark Egan, Greffier of the States

  • John Kelleher, Chairman of Carey Olsen

  • Jack Maguire, Jersey Evening Post's Deputy News Editor

  • Simon Boas, Executive Director, Jersey Overseas Aid

Each person must raise £1,500 in 'bail' which will be donated to The Shelter Trust, who support homeless people in Jersey. Credit: ITV Channel TV

When they arrive, each inmate will have their belongings confiscated and fingerprints taken.

They will spend the afternoon taking part in activities and then have their evening meals in their cells where they will be visited by loved ones and locked up until the morning.

The Shelter Trust provides accommodation, food and support for those who are homeless in Jersey.

“We work closely in partnership with the States of Jersey Prison Service to support former prisoners. This is a wonderful opportunity for us not just to raise awareness of the issue of homelessness in Jersey, but for us to raise the vital funds we need to provide accommodation and support for the homeless community in Jersey.

Neville Benbow, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Shelter Trust