After sitting in the secure room alone for about an hour (by far the worst part of the day) I was informed that the decision had been made to "book and release" me with orders to return for a "charging date" about 3½ weeks later. The charge in question: first-degree sexual assault of a child—a felony. It turns out that "book-and-release" is a process that can take between 3 and 9 hours, involving a background check, fingerprinting, and "mug shots." During this time, I was put into a "holding area." My bench-mates were people from the prison system brought down to the jail for a court date and others, like me, who had been arrested for various crimes. Perhaps the most memorable moment of my time in Booking occurred when a prisoner who noticed that I was upset proceeded to try to make me feel better, pointing out, "Man, it's going to be all right; you'll be out soon, and I'll still be doing 20."