Just the other day, WJZ Channel 13 news station took a visit to the ever dreadful Baltimore City Central Booking facility. It was interesting to hear one officer inside the jail describe the booking process as a "fast pace, high energy type of operation." I believe our clients bailed out of Baltimore City Central Booking would say the contrary!
In fact, there is nothing fast pace or high energy that gets done inside that jail. Our Baltimore City Bail Bonds office sends licensed bail agents to the facility on a regular basis and we experience firsthand the rigors that are involved with completing bails for our clients. Baltimore City Central Booking is the only jail in Maryland that one cannot post bond for a defendant immediately after seeing the district court commissioner. Anywhere else in Maryland, once the defendant has been seen by the commissioner and been given a bail their case becomes active and bond can be posted. In Baltimore City there is an average of around 12 to 16 hours after one sees the commissioner before their bail bond can be paid.
To Central Bookings credit, their task is not necessarily a simple one. Due to the high volume of inmates being processed on a daily basis and employees manually processing their paperwork into their "Jail System" adds to the overall time delay.
One of the central issues however with Baltimore City's jail system is that there is no real management person as a regular and forceful presence on a given shift. This generally leads to employees taking extended periods of down time due to nobody watching over them. As the saying goes, "when the cats away, the mice shall play."
One of the most frustrating elements of Central Booking is trying to get a hold of someone that can give you accurate bail information. Before Big Boyz Bail Bonds makes any attempts at posting bail for someone we verify if the incarcerated inmate has any additional warrants or detainers in place. Unfortunately you could try for hours to get through to someone without getting any kind of a response. To make matters worse, when you finally do get in contact with someone you can be thrown on hold or transferred to another employee in the facility.
WJZ did a nice job giving viewers a glimpse of inside the jail. But what many don't realize is that some of the real horrors of Baltimore City Central Booking take place when one makes attempt at posting the bail bond itself. Please call Baltimore City Bail Bondsmen at Big Boyz Bail Bonds if you would like to inquire more about the Baltimore City booking and release process.