Even if you don't have enough evidence to convict them of wrongdoing, deserving friends can be tossed into prison during the American Cancer Society's Jail-a-thon Oct. 30 through Nov. 2.

The annual event, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the University Mall JC Penney store, will force many local residents and business leaders behind bars to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Area credit union and bank managers will be among those doing time this year.All Jail-a-thon volunteers spend an hour in a makeshift cell soliciting contributions from friends and passers-by. Police officers, under special assignment from the Cancer Society, will escort some prisoners to the jail cell. To submit a name for jailing, or to make Jail-a-thon pledges, call the local American Cancer Society office at 373-5886 or 1-800-234-0533.

Charleen Cutler, chairwoman of the local Cancer Society board, says all money raised will be used for cancer research and education on cancer prevention and detection.

"The Jail-a-thon is a light-hearted way to draw attention to and raise funds for a very serious cause," said Cutler. "We hope the residents of Utah and Juab counties will volunteer to give an hour to the American Cancer Society and will give generously when contacted by volunteers."

Cutler says the local American Cancer Society office has free information available on cancer prevention, warning signs and early detection. Local volunteers conduct cancer education courses in the schools, clubs and organizations.

They also work with cancer victims in rehabilitation.

The American Cancer Society is the largest private sponsor of cancer research in the country, funding 15 research grants at Brigham Young University and the University of Utah.