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Definition of Booking

The process used by the police department to register and enter the charges against a person who has violated the law. Booking includes recording of the inmate's personal information and description, photograph, and fingerprint. At the booking the Department of Justice will also run a check of the suspect's criminal record.

After the suspect has been fingerprinted the fingerprints are sent off to the proper Department of Law Enforcement to determine if there are any outstanding warrants. Under some conditions the arrestee is released on their own recognizance, especially for non-violent crimes or if they have no criminal history, or they may have to pay a bond. Not all charges are eligible for bond, such as serious violent crimes. If the arrestee cannot post the bond they may have to remain in jail until the case is resolved or until they pay the bond.

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