When a person gets arrested he is kept in a holding cell. This is the same at the Jail and at the Magistrate’s Office. The inmate is brought out of the cells to see a magistrate, to get interviewed by P.R. Bonds, to get fingerprinted, medical screening and various other functions. There are more processes for someone who gets committed to the jail than there are for someone who is being booked in and then out at the Magistrate’s Office. When the inmate is finished with whatever part of the process he was in he is returned to the holding cell to wait until he is needed for another part of the process.
An inmate cannot receive calls when in a holding cell. There are phones they can use to call out but they are collect calls. An inmate can spend a long time in the holding area. They do have access to a toilet in each cell and they are fed on the same schedule as the rest of the jail, that is three meals a day with no more than 12 hours between any two meals. A location number will not be available for an inmate until he is booked in on the computers.
Don’t bother asking to be transferred to Booking to speak to an inmate or asking for a message to be given to an inmate. It’s not going to happen.