WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A PERSON IS ARRESTED AND BOOKED INTO JAIL?
When individuals are arrested, they are usually taken to a local police station / Sheriff’s Office where they may be interviewed, and where necessary reports and forms are prepared. If the individual is arrested for driving under the influence, a breath, urine, or chemical blood test will be conducted. This process can take several hours before the person is brought to a county jail to be booked. The jail system will not have any notification of a person’s arrest until they are brought to the jail for booking. A call to the jail shortly after a person’s arrest may find they are not yet in the jail system and may still be in the pre-booking processing. Do not be concerned by this delay; the pre-booking period is routine and necessary.
When arrested individuals arrive at the jail facility, they go through the intake process before being housed in the inmate population. This process can take from one to six hours and is comprised of medical screening, the booking process and the classification interview.
Immediately upon arrival at the jail the inmate is examined for any medical conditions that need immediate treatment. A second medical questionnaire is conducted later in the booking process to ensure all conditions that an inmate may have are properly noted and that the facility is capable of meeting the inmate’s medical needs.
During the booking process all inmates are searched to make sure that no contraband is being brought into the facility. They are photographed and fingerprinted. Their personal information and charges are entered into the computer system, their bail is calculated, and a court date is set.
Some inmates may be eligible for release on their own recognizance 18 hours after booking. Most inmates are eligible for bail, and they have access to telephones to arrange bail through friends, family, or bail agents. A list of bail agents is posted above the telephones. When it is determined that inmates will not be released on their own recognizance or make bail, they are given a classification interview and their housing criteria is determined. The booking process can take anywhere from an hour up to several hours depending on the cooperation of the individual being booked into jail.
VISITATION AND SECURITY
See Jail Visitation Policy on Information page