When someone is arrested, they will be taken to a jail or holding facility for processing and booking. Sometimes booking can be completed in an hour, sometimes it takes several hours. Generally, the larger the jail, the longer the booking process takes.
At the facility, the arrested person will be searched for weapons and drugs and their personal belongings will be inventoried and kept in the jailer’s possession. The detainee will agree to the contents of the inventory and sign that they agree to the contents listed. Therefore, they will not have access to their cell phone, money, or credit cards while they are in jail or the holding facility.
The booking process at the detention facility consists of fingerprinting, background and warrant checks, and being processing into the local computer system as well as cross referenced with the national computer system. The detainee will be asked for their basic information such as address and birthdate, but may also be asked to participate in other information gathering processes such as standing in a line-up or giving a handwriting sample.
The computer systems need to update after the jailer has done all of this work. A bail bond cannot be completed until both physical and computer processing have been completed. The judge will then set bail. Some bail amounts are pre-set for particular crimes and some are determined on a case-by-case basis.
The arrested person will be given phone access at the jailer’s convenience. If someone calls you from jail, be sure to obtain as much information as possible. What jail are they in? What have they been arrested for? Do they wish to be bailed out? Do they have personal matters that need assistance (children, employment)?
The detainee may be able to get out of jail prior to their trial if they post bail. If they appear in court at their appointed time as required, the bail will then be refunded. If they do not show up, the court will keep the money and issue a warrant for their arrest. Bail may be paid in cash or by posting a bond. A bond guarantees payment of the full bail amount. Detainees may also be released on their own recognizance, meaning bail has been waived on the condition that they appear at the designated court date. This option is usually offered to trustworthy individuals who committed minor crimes, and are unlikely to flee the jurisdiction. If the person under arrest committed a heinous crime, is potentially harmful to the public, or is considered a “flight risk” (the defendant is likely to flee the jurisdiction) they will likely not be entitled to bail and may be kept in jail as a “pre-trial detainee.” They will also be considered a “pre-trial detainee” if they are unable to post bail for their release.
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