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When a person is arrested and brought to the Humboldt
County Correctional Facility, they must go through the booking process.
The first step in the process is a medical questionnaire form. The person
will be asked a series of medical questions to ensure that they are not sick or
injured. The person is searched by correctional staff for weapons and
contraband. During this search, the handcuffs are removed and the person
removes excess clothing leaving a single layer of outer garments. His/her
personal property and extra clothing are put into a storage bin for safe
keeping. The person will next be asked a series of questions required to
book the person into the facility.
correctional staff enters the information into the computer system, the person
is allowed to sit in a booking waiting area. While here the person may use
the inmate phone system to place free local or collect long-distance telephone
calls, use the restroom, get a drink or water or watch television. If a
person is too intoxicated to safely sit in the waiting area, correctional staff
will move them to a detoxification cell. When the person is sober enough to safely sit in the waiting area, they will be removed from the
After the person's information has been completely entered
into the computer system, they proceed to the photograph and fingerprinting
portion of the booking process. The person is first photographed using a
digital camera system and then fingerprinted using a laser fingerprinting
computer system. Using a computer based fingerprinting system allows us to
digitally transmit the fingerprints to the California Department of Justice for
comparison with their database of fingerprints.
the person is going to be housed in the facility, they will be taken to a
changing room by correctional staff once the photograph and fingerprinting
portion is complete. They will be offered a chance to take a shower and
provided with a set of jail issued clothes to wear. Their personal
clothing will be placed into property storage with rest of their belongings.
After they are dressed they will be given an issue of bedding and have a
wristband placed on their wrist. Once all of their paperwork is completed
and signed, they will be sent to an intake housing unit.
The inmate will be taken to court in the next two court
days. Court days are days that the court is in session, this excludes
weekends and holidays. To find out when an inmate is scheduled for court,
call the clerk of the court. Or you may wish visit the court. The court
calendar will be posted outside the courtrooms.
The booking process can take several hours depending on
the workload of the staff. Bail and booking information may not be
available until a person is completely entered into our computer system.
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If a person is being released on his/her own
recognizance, they will be released soon after the booking process is completed.
However, intoxicated persons must remain in custody until such time that they
can safely care for themselves.
Inmates who have been released by the court
are processed as quickly as possible. Inmates are released as soon as we
receive and process the paperwork from the court. Delays do occur due to
daily variations in the number of inmates in court or because of difficultly in
getting the paperwork from the court.
Inmates being released after having served a
sentence are generally released between 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. These
releases do depend on the current workload of the correctional staff.
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There are two methods to bail a person out of
the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. Cash Bail may be posted by
anyone, including the inmate. Cash, traveler's checks, money orders and
certified checks in the exact amount of bail. Personal and business checks
are not accepted.
A bail bond executed by a licensed bail agent
is the second method to bail a inmate out of the facility. If you have any
questions regarding bail bonds, please contact an agent of your choosing. Their phone numbers can be found in the phone book or on the bulletin board in
our public lobby.