When individuals are arrested, they are usually taken to a local police station 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 as long as four hours before the person is brought to the Jail to be booked. Since a good deal of time may pass before the Jail system has any notification of a person’s arrest, if you call shortly after your friend or loved one has been arrested you may find that they are not yet in the Jail system. Do not be concerned by this delay, because 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. Intake is comprised of several steps which include medical screening, the booking process, and the classification interview.
Immediately upon arrival at the Jail, the inmate is assessed for any medical conditions that need immediate treatment. A nurse conducts an initial screening to make sure the inmate is not injured,or in need of immediate medical treatment and ensures that 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, and their bail is determined.
Some inmates may be eligible for release on citation very soon after booking. Intoxicated inmates will be held for up to 6 hours, and sometimes longer, to ensure they are sober enough to be safely released.
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 available in the booking area holding cells. When it is determined that inmates will not be released on citation or make bail, they are given a classification interview and their housing criteria are determined.