San Bernardino County Jail – West Valley Detention Center – Rancho Cucamonga, CA

San Bernardino County Jail – West Valley Detention Center is in San Bernardino County and is the main jail for this region. Know someone at San Bernardino County Jail – West Valley Detention Center? This site tells you info about everything you might need to know about San Bernardino County Jail – West Valley Detention Center,such as: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Booking and intake procedures. San Bernardino County court information. And much, much more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary situation, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their friends and family. The goal of this guide is to offer information and tips you need to make going to jail easier. If you have questions, feel free to ask it, and any comments or tips that might be a benefit to others is appreciated.

General Information

Address

San Bernardino County Jail – West Valley Detention Center
9500 Etiwanda Avenue
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (909) 350-2476
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is locked up and need to contact them?

Do you know somebody who has been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

In order to see who is in jail at San Bernardino County Jail – West Valley Detention Center you have to go to their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The San Bernardino County Jail – West Valley Detention Center Inmate Roster is a list of persons who have been arrested, which includes status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting hours. Also, you can get info for anybody booked or released in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to get their inmate information more quickly if you enter your friend or family member’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If your friend or loved one might be locked up at a different jail you will want to check our guide to other California jails: List of all jails in California


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a intake picture, is the photo that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually one full face and a side-view photo. Your name and intake number will appear on the mugshot, and they’re stored at the jail.

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Mugshotes of San Bernardino County Jail – West Valley Detention Center prisoners can be searched online, or you can go in person to the San Bernardino County Jail – West Valley Detention Center. When you search for mugshots online you will need to input the prisoner’s full name, and a booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot removed from the San Bernardino County Jail – West Valley Detention Center site? This can be tricky, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you’re incarcerated, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, a bail amount will be decided either by bail schedule or magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are are released you are required to promise to show up for court, and in the meantime you won’t be permitted to leave the county.

Usually, inmates at San Bernardino County Jail – West Valley Detention Center will earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to go back to jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you could get to move into a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail pending trial. Your bail amount all depends on how serious your crime is. You will need to post 10 percent of the total set in order to be released from jail. If you fail to show up for your court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will have to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can see the bail amount on the San Bernardino County Jail – West Valley Detention Center site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is no fun, but usually, it’s really easy. First, you need to know if it is a Cash Only Bond. If so, you won’t be able to use a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they will not take a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the inmate will be released to your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just don’t have the money, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and in most cases have a minimum charge of $100. This is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman will in these cases request to use assets as collateral for the bond.

You can find a bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

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Bail Schedule

In the state of California bail amounts are already set by by the California Felony Bail Schedule, but keep in mind that the magistrate or judge has the final word on how much your bail will be. The California Felony Bail Schedule contains all crimes included in state law and the specific bail amount for each crime.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process is made up of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • First, must answer a number of questions, like what is your full legal name, your address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will be allowed to use the telephone so you can talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, they will let you keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged from jail takes anywhere between 30 minutes to all day. So, the faster bail is posted, the sooner you will get let go. How quickly you get discharged might depend on if you have a cash bond amount or if a judge must decide on how much to set your bail at. For minor offenses, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the release date, plan to get released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you must start your sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail intake area, and let them know that believe that there could be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if there is one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be very careful that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Make sure that you only bring allowed items with you, like your drivers license or photo ID, prescription medication, and the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance. This information will go in a log of visitors as an authorized visitor. All visitors must provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures can change, so it would be wise to double-check the jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Phone calls made in jail are generally more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the jail rules, phone privileges could be reduced or eliminated altogether.

The San Bernardino County Jail – West Valley Detention Center phone number is: (909) 350-2476

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be sent using US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. Clearly print the name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the envelope. Do not send a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail sent to inmates gets opened and read and examined by staff, and the mail will be returned to the sender if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at San Bernardino County Jail – West Valley Detention Center, use this address:

San Bernardino County Jail – West Valley Detention Center
9500 Etiwanda Avenue
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
San Bernardino County Jail – West Valley Detention Center
9500 Etiwanda Avenue
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739


The inmate mail policy at San Bernardino County Jail – West Valley Detention Center can change, so you should double check the official website before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, and an important one is your right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to ask a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you talk to them. You may be thinking ‘why do I need an attorney?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal attorney can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and guide you through the complicated court system in your county. The quicker you get an attorney working on your charges, the better off you’ll be.

For more detailed information on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, read: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender Office has access to independent investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are actual attorneys that are admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to handle your case.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

San Bernardino County court records are public records. They are comprised of a case file with a docket sheet and every motions, documents, and evidence filed during your court case. You can access the records and documents in your court case via the website, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your case are maintained at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the fees and charges from your court case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The San Bernardino County court magistrate acts as the judge that presides on your court case. Magistrates are judges that do several different things, like setting bail amounts, issuing warrants, and presiding over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together with your background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life, which the magistrate judge will take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim. Remember you can ask to get a copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service to probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date that you must go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if some you know is locked up, or has ever been locked up?

To do this, you should go to the San Bernardino County jail website, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check court records online or you can call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or look online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and the information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, such as , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by going to the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view these offenders online, but you should know that you can’t find the actual address, but rather the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a court case file that contains a court docket and all documents filed in the court case. You can access court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of people’s criminal past. These state databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal convictions from other states. You can go to the San Bernardino County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal history search you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • 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 will not find out if that person has had any moving violations, like:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the local courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In San Bernardino County,the San Bernardino County Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in San Bernardino County Jail – West Valley Detention Center is very scary, soon you will get used to the daily routine there. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm at about 6:00AM, and then you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will have to work in the program that has been assigned to you. 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 San Bernardino County Jail – West Valley Detention Center, 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 San Bernardino County Jail – West Valley Detention Center 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 rules for sending funds to people in jail is likely to change, so review the the San Bernardino County Jail – West Valley Detention Center website before you send money to an inmate.

    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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at San Bernardino County Jail – West Valley Detention Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the San Bernardino County Jail – West Valley Detention Center, 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 San Bernardino County Jail – West Valley Detention Center

    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 in San Bernardino County Jail – West Valley Detention Center? Do you know someone there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate in this jail?

    If you have, then please leave a comment below about it. Write about your jail experience so other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to put in your comment:

    • Conditions in San Bernardino County Jail – West Valley Detention Center.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story about it. How’d you get locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Links and Resources

    Main San Bernardino County Jail – West Valley Detention Center Website
    San Bernardino County Jail – West Valley Detention Center Inmate Search Link
    San Bernardino County Jail – West Valley Detention Center Mugshots
    San Bernardino County Jail – West Valley Detention Center Bail Link

    CA Bail Schedule

    San Bernardino County Jail – West Valley Detention Center Visitation Policy Link
    San Bernardino County Jail – West Valley Detention Center Mail Policy
    Find an inmate at San Bernardino County Jail – West Valley Detention Center
    San Bernardino County Jail – West Valley Detention Center Warrant Inquiry
    San Bernardino County Jail – West Valley Detention Center Arrests
    San Bernardino County Jail – West Valley Detention Center Send Money Procedure
    San Bernardino County Jail – West Valley Detention Center Employment


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  1. Momma says:

    There appears to be a problem with the dress code and what people who visit wear their loved at California’s West Valley Detention Center 1/2012-ongoing. I am glad there is a Citizens Complaint Form available located inside, West Valley Detention Center at the the Information Booth Upon request or by calling (909) Headquarters and asking for the Internal Affairs Department and requesting for one to be sent to your home via snail mail or Via Internet and mailing it to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, P.O. Box 569, San Bernardino, California, 92402, ATTENTION: INTERNAL AFFAIRS DIVISION DIVISION.

  2. Momma says:

    West Vallet Detention Center Headquarters is (909) 8840156

  3. Blah says:

    I’ve searched Google for a good hour and cannot find anything anywhere that states specifically what I can send an inmate besides books from a website. Are you really only allowed to send letters? Other jails in other states let you send all kinds of stuff.

  4. Theo S says:

    Trying to find an Ex of mine to help her out and send her $$$ on her books, I really have been worried about her. Her name is Darlene B shes 43

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