Muscogee County Jail – Columbus, GA

Muscogee County Jail is in Muscogee County and is the primary jail for this region. Do you know somebody at Muscogee County Jail? This page gives you info about everything one might want to know about Muscogee County Jail: Find an inmate at Muscogee County Jail. How to view Muscogee County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information. And much much more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull situation, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give you info you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have a specific question, just ask them, and any tips or comments that would help other people in the same situation will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Muscogee County Jail
700 10Th St.
Columbus, GA 31901

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 706-653-4258
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone in jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Has a friend or family member that has been arrested and you want to locate them?

To see who is in jail at Muscogee County Jail you will have to go to their website and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Muscogee County Jail Inmate Lookup has information on persons who have been arrested, which includes status, how much their bail is, and visiting schedule. Also, you can find info about anyone booked or discharged within the last 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You can find their arrest information faster if you have the arrestee’s first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If your friend or loved one could possibly be in a different jail you will want to check our Georgia county jail guide: Georgia Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail processing picture, is a photograph that the jail takes during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually one and a side photo. Your full name and booking number will be in the photos, and they will be on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested are online, or you can see them at the Muscogee County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you have to enter the inmate’s first and last name, and the booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot removed from the Muscogee County Jail site? This is difficult, since the mugshot is a public record. You have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you are arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail amount will be set by a special judge called a magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

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

In most cases, an inmate in the Muscogee County Jail will be given time off for good behavior if they follow the rules and area a good inmate while in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be granted work release. You will have to stay jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you may be allowed to move into a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will have to pay depends on how serious your crime is. You or someone you know will have to pay ten percent of the total that was determined so you are able to bail out of jail. If you don’t go to your court appearance, that person won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will have to call the Muscogee County Jail. If you have all the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you how much their bail is. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Muscogee County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is no fun, but in some cases, it is really easy if you have the money. First, you need to know if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If so, you will not be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they won’t accept checks. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just don’t have the money, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and sometimes with a minimum fee of $100. This will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman may use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To find a bail bondsman visit our page about: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever used a bail bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If so, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • You have to answer some basic questions, like your legal name, home address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will let you make a telephone call so you can call a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you ever been booked into jail? If so, please tell your story. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? How were you treated? Can you tell us tips that could help other people to get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. The discharge process takes from 30 minutes to many hours. In simple terms, the quicker bail is posted, the quicker you will get discharged. How quickly you get discharged can depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond or if the judge still needs to determine the bail amount. For minor offenses, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the discharge date, you should expect to be released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you must begin your sentence in jail, you really should follow the law and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail, in the reception area, and tell them that think that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if you do, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring required items with you, for example a driver’s license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to give each visitor’s name to the jail. Your visitor’s names will go in the visitation log as an Authorized visit. Every visitor will have to provide proof of identification. Any visitors arriving late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures can change, so you should review the official jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Jail phone calls are much more costly than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone calls might get cut back or totally denied.

The Muscogee County Jail phone number is: 706-653-4258

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of delivery. Clearly write or type the prisoner’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail received by the jail will be opened and examined by staff, and will get returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Muscogee County Jail is:

Muscogee County Jail
700 10Th St.
Columbus, GA 31901

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Muscogee County Jail
700 10Th St.
Columbus, GA 31901


The Muscogee County Jail inmate mail policy is always changing, so we suggest that you check the site before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you should know you still have rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is important to ask a friend or family member to find an attorney when you call them. You may be thinking ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate the criminal justice system in Muscogee County. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better off you’ll be.

For more information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, read: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. Also, the Public Defender is staffed by private investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys who are admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to practice law in Georgia.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender? What was your experience?

Court Records

Court records are are public records and are available upon request. They are comprised of a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the motions, documents, and evidence filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access court records using the online service, or by going to the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Muscogee County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages court records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records, documents, and evidence from your court case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees are the charges and fees from your court case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Muscogee County magistrate is the person that will preside on your case in court. They do many different things, which include deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and presiding over first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed to include your background information and details of the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will review when determining the sentence. Information will be gathered from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember you are allowed to ask to get your own copy of the report prior to 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 and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be taken into custody, right there in court, or given a date that you are required to to surrender and report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if some you know is locked up, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just just query the Muscogee County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Muscogee County court website or call the jail. 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 there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are in the public record and the information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, which can be court orders. You can find these by going to the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view this information on the internet, but bear in mind that you won’t get the street address, just the address block they live on.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of people’s criminal history. These databases are connected so you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. Go to courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that it was in a different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you are able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for the following crimes:

  • DWI or 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.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, you won’t be able to find out if they has had any:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it an easy process? Dis you do your search online or did you have to call the jail? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your comments could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Muscogee County,the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Muscogee County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in Muscogee County Jail is very scary, soon you will get used to the routine that is set for you. Prisoners get an alarm for wake-up each morning at 6:00AM, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will 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 Muscogee County Jail, 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 Muscogee County Jail 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 money to someone in jail at Muscogee County Jail changes, so visit the official Muscogee County Jail site when you send funds 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

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Muscogee County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Muscogee County Jail, 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 Muscogee County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to 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.

    Tell Your Story


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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 been locked up in Muscogee County Jail? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited someone at this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to write a review about it. Tell us about your experience because other people can find out what to expect.

    What to put in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Programs and activities


    Let Everyone Know

    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you get locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? What about the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Tell your story about when you did time at Muscogee County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Want to find an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Post a message to them below.

    Send a message to Muscogee County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Muscogee County Jail Link
    Muscogee County Jail Inmate Search Link
    Muscogee County Jail Mugshots
    Muscogee County Jail Bail Link

    Muscogee County Jail Visitation Procedures
    Muscogee County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Muscogee County Jail Inmate Search
    Muscogee County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Muscogee County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Muscogee County Jail
    Jobs at Muscogee County Jail


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  1. Destiny C says:

    muscogee county jail guards and officers are some of the rudest & non-caring heartless people on the planet. i am 8 months pregnant and i had to beg for food the first 11 hours i was in the HOLDING CELL. (which is ridiculous) i had officers laugh at me when i asked for food. i was brought pretzels after 11 hours. i even had an officer tell one of the men cleaning the holding cell to “grab that roll of toilet paper”. there were 6 females in that holding cell. i attempted to tell him we needed it and all we got was a slammed door.
    i was in there for not completing community service. fine was paid off back in march. i stayed in from last thursday until monday (christmas eve). nice huh? my fiance is in there for getting behind on his child support. this is his first time being in jail for it. he is behind $7481. granted, he pays for 3 yr old twin boys. he has been on child support for just under two yrs but was also required to pay off his ex wifes credit card debt (that she had ran up before they even got together) he ran SOME up, but it was cut off not long after they got married. so he only used it for a little while. he was also required to pay HER lawyer for the contempts of court that THEY held him in. sorry right? he has paid almost 4000 in the past to her but lost his job got behind. only way i can get him out is to pay the $7481, which i cant. if i could we would have done it a long time ago before this happened. i cant get him a lawyer, cause i cant afford it. if i could his child support would be paid. we are waiting on a court date now w/ judge jordan. (ugh!) or for them to get tired of lookin at him. idk. max. sentence i heard was 1 yr. my father is down there on 14 charges, 7 of them felony drug charges. not 1 of the 14 is child supp. and he owes over 200 grand. its sad. my dad went to court 2 wks ago and gets to parole out in 3 months. by then he would have only stayed 6 months. for 14 charges, 7 of them felong drug charges. SCREW THE SYSTEM. FREE JUSTIN G!!! love u babe! :) ~Destiny C~

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