Our friend has finally been released from Jail.
The whole process was done logically and timely, and all parties were kept informed of when and where the release would take place The whole process was FUBAR but we expected as much. We were told that, once the release was a "go", the process would take anywhere from four to eight hours to go through.
Prisoners are not usually released from the Jail they are housed, but rather all releases happen at the Lower Buckeye Jail. The paperwork was on the judge's desk at 9am, our friend heard about his release at 3pm, and he finally walked out the door at 8pm.
There is an airconditioned lobby at the main entrance of the Lower Buckeye Jail, but prisoners are not released there. Instead, they are released on the East side of the building, where there is basically a cement slab with chairs where you can wait out in the elements for the prisoner to be released.
There were no updates about the specific timetable. We could not leave any money for him to use the pay phone. We just had to hang out. This entrance is also used for folks who are self-surrendering. It ain't pretty.
I had to miss a day of work, because there was no way to tell what time things would be done. Foolishly, I had hoped things would be over with by say 11am, but it took far longer.
But, at last, the whole jail experience is now over. I look forward, with relish, to erasing the Maricopa Superior Court parking, the 4th Ave Jail, the Durango Jail and the Lower Buckeye Jail from my Garmin Nuvi GPS. I also look forward to erasing all the Jail and Court information numbers from my cell phone.