My sister was arrested about 90 minutes ago and she called to tell us that all her paperwork is done. We called a bail bonds company but the bondsman is telling us that it will be at least a few more hours before the jail will let anyone post bail bonds. What gives? This doesn’t make sense.
When someone is arrested, there are several steps that need to be taken before someone can be released. After the jail has performed paperwork on the person arrested, they need to have their mugshot taken and undergo a national background and warrant check. This is done by sending their fingerprints to the Department of Justice (in Washington DC).
The DOJ gets fingerprints from jails across the US, 24-hours a day, and it takes about 4 to 6 hours to process each warrant check. Jails will not allow any defendants to post a bail bond until the warrant check results come back.
Once all of the above has been completed, the defendant can be released on a bail bond by a bail bond agent.
Original article: Why Does The Booking Process Take So Long?
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