The booking process involves taking information and personal effects from arrestees; it includes fingerprints, mug shots, and a search of the person.
What Happens During Booking?
Defendants who are taken to jail are normally booked shortly upon arrival.
Your Rights During Booking
Suspects aren't entitled to Miranda warnings during booking -- and should avoid any unnecessary conversations.
Getting Information About and Helping Booked Arrestees
Sometimes, a local bail bondsman may have the most up-to-date information. Booked arrestees with health issues can be helped by contacting the jail directly.
If you meet someone new–a potential employee, babysitter, neighbor, or date–and you want to learn more about the person, what do you do?
Why are some people taken to jail after an arrest, while others remain free?
Many factors influence the decision to take a suspect to jail, or issue a citation to appear in court.
Is everyone who enters jail subject to a strip search, even when the charged offense is minor?
Courts don't agree whether it's valid to strip search every person who is placed in jail, regardless of the charged offense.
Do booking officers check immigration status?
Many cities participate in the federal "Secure Communities" program, which allows the Department of Homeland Security to review immigration records of every booked arrestee.
How long can the police keep me in jail after I'm entitled to release? What can I do about delay?
Jails and prisons have to release inmates who have served their time or otherwise deserve freedom. After the release obligation arises, jailers have to act within a reasonable amount of time.
Can Officers Collect DNA Samples from Suspects?
In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Maryland law authorizing law enforcement authorities to take DNA samples from suspects arrested for serious offenses.