Juneau County Disrict Attorney Mike Solovey and Mauston City Attorney Rebecca Richards-Bria make phone calls to make 'bail''


The Juneau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault held its ‘Jail and Bail’ fundraiser Wednesday morning at the Hatch Public Library in Mauston.  Local officials are arrested and transported to jail, not really, but the suspects have to call friends and relatives and ask for money to get them out of the mock lock-up.   This year it was the Community Room at the library in Mauston.   Police Chief Mark Messer says, “Anyone can sponsor to have someone arrested, and if they’re willing, we bring them in to raise money to support the Coalition.”  The proceeds benefit many agencies including Hope House which provides training to law enforcement, education to high school kids, and also provides direct financial aid to victims, such as motel vouchers, gas cards, and deposits for 1st month’s rent.  Chief Messer added, “The Coalition raises approximately $6,000 during its Jail and Bail fundraiser which funds the group’s activities for four to five years.”