short booking
 n.— «Officers also have stopped a practice called “short booking,” in which officers charge a person with a crime, schedule a court date, then let the person leave the jail without posting bond with the magistrate. All defendants are now fully booked into jail and are required to see a magistrate before they can be released.» —“Changes reducing crime in city” by Nichole Monroe Bell in Rock Hill Charlotte Observer (N.C.) Aug. 28, 2005. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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