How long does it take for the defendant to be released once the BAIL BOND is posted at the jail or the person is released on an O.R. (Own Recognizance)? Generally, there is not much difference in timing between these two types of releases. The process, once again is up to the jail and depends on the amount of detainees being processed for release, in other words, whoever comes up first in the line. The bail agent has no authority over the jail to expedite any detainee's release. ? Can I speak to the person who has been arrested and is waiting to be booked?