known as arrestees)
are transferred to an inmate reception center or police
station and brought into a booking room by the arresting
Deputy. The defendant
The defendant's belongings are inventoried and then the interview
All persons arrested and brought to a police station or detention center
are "booked" into
a local database. The purpose of the booking process
is to establish the true identity of the defendant,
find if the person is wanted elsewhere in the state or nation,
document a "history" of the arrest (in the
local and the FBI's national database), and to determine whether
or not the person can be released on his/her own recognizance
or on cash bail.
Those not eligible for bail/release are also evaluated for
their initial security classification and cell assignment.
The booking process also identifies any special medical,
mental health or dietary needs that might exist.
The arrestee is finger printed
and a photo is taken
with a video imaging system.
All defendants are
fingerprinted with automated fingerprint equipment.
Inmates are also photographed with a video booking system
In some instances a breath alcohol test
is also administered.
The fingerprinting system
sends copies of fingerprints to the Department
of Justice in a matter of seconds (as opposed
to the old system using the US mail). This allows quick identification
of the arrestee, which is especially useful when an arrestee's
identity is in question. Please note it may take several
hours for the DOJ to return results.
The image taken of the defendant
is shared with other law enforcement agencies
and can be used to identify
individuals in "video lineups" and investigations
by those agencies.
Housing is a separate area of the detention center. While
most persons booked into the detention center are immediately
released on bail or recognizance release, some are lodged.
Those who are lodged are further processed into the detention
Inmates are issued clothing. Inmates change in to detention
center issued clothing. When appropriate, inmates
are strip searched prior to being issued clothes. Strip searches
are always conducted by Corrections Deputies of the same
sex as the inmate.
A shower is also located in the changing room and may be
used by the inmate prior to dressing in issued clothes. At
times inmates are booked in who have been homeless, or engaged
in activities that contaminated their clothing, or otherwise
need to shower before dressing in clean clothes.
Personal clothing is inventoried and placed in storage. Inmates
who are carrying cash at the time of booking, have their
money placed in an "trust account." The
money can be used to purchase items from the detention
Inmates enter a housing area. Inmates
are initially classified as to their security level and
cell assignment before being moved into the housing area.
Depending on the facility, all inmates are initially placed
in a single occupancy, high security cell.
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