Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facility – Martinez, CA

Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facility is located in Contra Costa County and is the correctional facility for this county. Do you know somebody incarcerated at Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facility? This guide gives you about anything a person needs to know about Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facilitysuch as the following: How to do a jail inmate search. How to view Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facility mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facility intake procedures. Court records. And much much more…

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The chance of going to jail is a scary and daunting situation, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also that person’s family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give you information you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any tips or comments that might be beneficial to others would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facility
1000 Ward Street
Martinez, CA 94553

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 925-335-4600
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that has gone to jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Has a family member or friend who has been arrested and you want to find them?

To look up who’s in jail at Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facility you need to click on their web site and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facility Inmate Search is an online list of people who are in jail, including current status, bail amount, and visiting hours. Also, you can get info about anyone arrested and processed or discharged in the past 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to locate their inmate information fast if you’ve got the arrestee’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for may be in a different jail you can look here: List of all jails in California


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail booking photo, is a photo that the police take when you are booked into jail. They take one frontal photo and a profile picture. Your name and jail booking number will appear on the pictures, and they are stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be searched on the website, or you can go in person to the Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facility. When viewing online you need to input the inmate’s first and last name, and a booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot erased from the Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facility website? This can be tricky, because your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that all of your arrest records would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you are in jail, your primary thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail amount will be determined using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you are required to promise to be there for your court date, and in the meantime you are not allowed to leave town.

Usually, an inmate in the Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facility can earn time off for good behavior when they follow the rules and act right while they’re in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to do work release. You will be required to return to the jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you could be permitted to move into a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail pending trial. Your bail amount is determined by the crime you’ve been charged with. Someone you know will need to post 10 percent of the total amount set before you can be released. If you miss your court date, that person will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will have to call the Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facility. If you’ve got the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know how much their bail is. You can also find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never fun, but most of the time, its really easy. First of all, you have to find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to get a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they will not accept a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the person will be released to your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it, you should use a bail bondsman. They generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and in most cases charge a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman may ask to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To find a local bail bondsman go to: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever had to use a bail bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If you have, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Bail Schedule

In California your bail is already set by by the California Felony Bail Schedule, but keep in mind, though, the judge or magistrate has the last word on how high your bail is set. The bail schedule includes all crimes included in state law and the exact amount of bail for each of the crimes.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Released On House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure takes you through each of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • First, have to answer some simple questions, such as what is your legal name, address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • They will allow you to make a telephone call so you can get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you will be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, if not you you will be given a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged from jail may take between 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the sooner you can get released from jail. How quickly you get discharged will depend on whether or not you have a cash bond or if the judge must decide on your bail amount. For a minor offense, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the discharge date, plan to get discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you must report to start a sentence, you should follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and tell the intake officer that believe that there could be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they find one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you are not late. Only bring approved items when you turn yourself in, such as a driver’s license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to provide information about each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitors will go into the log as an Authorized visit. Each visitor must provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone showing up late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies can change, so you should double-check the official Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facility jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . These phone calls are usually more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on when and how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s phone privileges might get reduced or cut altogether.

Phone Number: 925-335-4600

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You cannot use any other form of mail delivery. Clearly print the name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Do not mail a package or box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail is opened and inspected by the jail officers, and will be sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facility is:

Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facility
1000 Ward Street
Martinez, CA 94553

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facility
1000 Ward Street
Martinez, CA 94553


The mail policy at Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facility is always changing, so visit the official Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facility site before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these being the right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to have a friend or relative locate a lawyer when you call. You might be asking yourself ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and show you the way through the criminal justice system. The quicker you get an attorney working on your charges, the better your chances.

For more detailed information on how to find an attorney, visit: How to Find a Lawyer in Contra Costa County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. The Public Defender is staffed by investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social workers. Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Contra Costa County court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. Court records include a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence in the case. You can access your court case records using the online service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that maintains court records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All court records associated with your court case are available at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs from your court case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the type of judge that rules over your case. They do many different things, like deciding a bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared with your background information and details of the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate will take into account when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some circumstances the victim. Remember you are allowed to ask to have your own copy of this report before you are sentenced, and go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could get a date that you must report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if a family member of friend is locked up, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just you need to go to the Contra Costa County jail website, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access court records on the website or call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. Bear in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Contra Costa County jail, on the phone, in person, or check online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and these records are accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, such as court orders. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view sex offenders on the internet, but remember that you can’t find the street address, but rather the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a case file that includes a docket sheet and all of the documents and filings filed in the case. You are able to access court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Contra Costa County Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of people’s criminal history. These state databases are all connected and you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. You can go to courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any of the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

When you do a criminal history search, you generally will not discover if that person has had any:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving histories, you must do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you have to call the courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Contra Costa County,the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

    Contra Costa County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of being incarcerated in the Contra Costa County jail is no fun, eventually you will get accustomed to the routine that is set for you. Prisoners get an alarm to wake up at 6:00 AM, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. Following breakfast you will be required to work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facility, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facility uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The procedure to send money to someone in jail at Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facility could change, so be sure to visit the official Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facility site before you send funds to an inmate there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facility

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facility, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facility

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • The right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever spent any time at Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facility? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner in this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Tell us about your experience so that others can learn what to expect.

    Things you can write in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why were you locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Tell your story about when you did time at Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facility

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Need to reconnect with somebody you met when you were locked up? Post a message to them below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facility Website
    Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facility Inmate Search
    View Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facility Mugshots
    Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facility Bail Link

    California Felony Bail Schedule

    Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facility Visitation Policy Link
    Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facility Jail Mail Policy Link
    Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facility Inmate Inquiry Link
    Contra Costa County Warrant Lookup
    Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facility Arrest Inquiry
    Send Money to an Inmate at Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facility
    Contra Costa County Jail – Martinez Detention Facility Employment


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  1. shari says:

    I sent my written request along with $5 payment and self-addressed, stamped envelope to the court records in June and have not received any information. I contacted a live person by phone and was told that due to the budget cutbacks they were very far behind. If court records are a matter of public records and there is a policy to be able to obtain them by written request, I don’t understand why it should take months to copy a docket or two and put them in an envelope. I work for a public agency and we are required by law to produce records within 10 days of receipt of the request.
    Any assistance in speeding up the request for records from the court would be greatly appreciated by me and all others who have been waiting more than a month and a half for a response.

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