San Patricio County Jail – Sinton, TX

San Patricio County Jail is in San Patricio County, Texas and is the correctional facility for that region. Do you know somebody locked up at San Patricio County Jail? This page tells you info about everything related to San Patricio County Jail: How to locate an inmate. How to view San Patricio County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Booking and intake procedures. Court information. And lots more.

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The prospect of going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also their family and friends. The goal of this guide is to offer info that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressfull. If you have a specific question, just ask it, and any feedback or comments that could be beneficial to others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

San Patricio County Jail
300 North Rachal
Sinton, TX 78387

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 361-364-2251
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is in jail and don’t know how to find them?

Has a family member or friend who’s been arrested and you need to find them?

To see who’s in jail at San Patricio County Jail you need to go to their website and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The San Patricio County Jail Inmate List has information on persons who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can get information on anybody arrested and processed or released in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to find their arrest information faster if you have your friend or family member’s name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you are looking for is at another jail you can check our guide to other Texas jails: Texas County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a booking picture, is a picture that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. They take one face photo and a profile photo. Your full name and booking number will be on the mugshot, and they are on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be found on the San Patricio County Jail website, or you can go in person to the San Patricio County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you need to enter the prisoner’s full name, and the arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot erased from the San Patricio County Jail website? This will be difficult, as your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you are locked up, your main thought is about when you get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail is decided by the magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either be released, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you must promise to go to your court date, and you are required not to leave the county.

Typically, prisoners are given early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. You will either have to return to the jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you may get to move into a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail until you go to court. Your bail amount is dictated by the crime you are charged with. You will need to post 10% of the amount that was set in order to be released from jail. If you miss court, whoever posted your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will have to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also check their bail amount and status on the San Patricio County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is no fun, but in some cases, it’s easy if you have the money. First, you need to know if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you will not be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they won’t take checks. When you’ve paid bail, the person will get released. 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 amount of bail set is large, or you just don’t have the money, you will need to use a bail bondsman. They generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and usually charge a minimum of $100. This money will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will use your assets as collateral for the bond.

To talk to a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at San Patricio County Jail

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Out on 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 be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you will have to answer some questions, like what is your full legal name, your address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will get to make a phone call in order to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you will 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.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged from jail may take between 30 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the sooner you will get let go. It also can depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if a magistrate has to determine how much your bail will be. For a minor charge, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and are given a date of your release, plan to be discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you have to start a jail sentence, you should follow the law and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail, in the reception area, and tell someone that you think they might have an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if there is one, they will take you into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be very careful that you are not late. Be sure to only bring approved items when you go, like a driver’s license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to give each visitor’s full name to the jail. This information will be entered in a log of approved visitors for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors arriving late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The San Patricio County Jail visitation procedures frequently change, so make sure that you visit the official jail site before you try 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 . Phone calls made in jail are typically pricier 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 you should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s ability to use the phone may be limited or forbidden completely.

The San Patricio County Jail phone number is: 361-364-2251

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You cannot use any other form of delivery. You have to write the name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a box or package, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail gets opened and reviewed by the jail officers, and the mail will be returned to the sender if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at San Patricio County Jail, use this address:

San Patricio County Jail
300 North Rachal
Sinton, TX 78387

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
San Patricio County Jail
300 North Rachal
Sinton, TX 78387


The San Patricio County Jail mail policy changes frequently, so visit the site when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have certain rights, one of these is the right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to ask a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You might be thinking ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate through the criminal justice system in San Patricio County. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your case, the better.

To read more about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click: How to Find a Lawyer in San Patricio County

Public Defender

If you can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys that are members of the Texas State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They have a court case file containing a docket and all of the motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case with the internet service, or by going to the San Patricio County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The San Patricio County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your court case are maintained at the San Patricio County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the charges and fees associated with your case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The San Patricio County magistrate is the type of judge who presides on your case. Magistrates are judges that do different functions, like setting bail, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over initial court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together with information about the defendant’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life and public history, which the judge will review and take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information will be gathered from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some circumstances the victim. Don’t forget that you can ask to receive your own copy of this report before you are sentenced, so you have the opportunity to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service to probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get locked up 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

Want to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

To find this out just access the San Patricio County jail website, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you should call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can check the arrest warrants inquiry on the San Patricio County court website or you are able to call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

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

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, such as a court order. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You can access sex offenders on the website, but keep in mind that you will not be able to get the exact address, just the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and any of the filings and documents filed in the court case. You can access court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the San Patricio County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of a person’s criminal past. These databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal convictions from another state. You are able to go to courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you can find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

When you do a criminal history search, usually won’t find out if someone has had any:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of information, you will have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? How hard was it? Dis you do your search online or did you have to call the San Patricio County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records, and your account could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In San Patricio County,the San Patricio County Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that spending time in the San Patricio County jail is no fun, eventually you will settle into the daily routine there. Expect an alarm for wake-up at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast participate in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Patricio 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 San Patricio 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 process for sending money to San Patricio County Jail inmates can change, so you should check the the San Patricio County Jail website when you send money 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at San Patricio County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the San Patricio 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 San Patricio 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.

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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:

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims have 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 an inmate in San Patricio County Jail? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit someone in this jail?

    If yes, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write down your experience so that other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you can write in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story to tell. How’d you get locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? How was life in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Need to get in touch with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Post a message to them below.

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  1. laura p. says:

    I AM WRITING THIS BECAUSE THE WAY THAT THIS JAIL IS HOLDING THEIR INMATES ALONG WITH MY HUSBAND IS PATHETIC.. FIRST OFF THEY ARE SUPOSE TO BE GIVEN SOME KIND OF NEWS TO KEEP THEM UPDATED WITH ” THE OUTSIDE LIFE “… OF COURSE THAT IS KEPT FROM THEM .. I PUT MONEY OVER THE INTERNET ON NOVEMBER 27TH KNOWING THE NEXT DAY MY HUSBAND WOULD GET IT AND BE ABLE TO GET PHONE CARDS TO CALL HIS KIDS FOR MOST HIS WIFE ( ME ) AND HIS OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS .. SINCE HE HA TO CALL ME COLLECT THANKSGIVING I CALLED THE JAIL TO ASK THE PROBLEM .. I WAS INFORMD THAT THE CAPTAIN IS THE ONLY PERSON WHO DOES INMATE FORMS AND THAT HE IS ON VACATION… SO PRETTY MUCH SCREW THE FAMILIES AND KIDS ON THE HOLIDAY BECAUSE THEY ARE LAZY .. TO GO OUT AND GET SOME KIND OF RECREAYION THREW THE TIME LOCKED UP .. YEAH RIGHT .. ANOTHER EXCUSE OF THEY ARE UNDERSTAFFED … THE WAY THEY ARE TREATED ARE AS IF THEY ARE ALL GUILTY OF MURDER AND LIKE THEY ARE NOTHING TO SOCIETY .. MY HUSBAND IS SOMEONE ALONG WITH ALL HE OTHERS IN THAT JAIL .. I AM WRITING A LETTER TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT , THE SHEIREF OF SAN PATRICIO COUNTY AND THE MAYOR … THIS IS A JOKE THE WAY THEY TREAT ANYONE FROM MYOU TO YOUR FAMILIES

  2. sarah c says:

    Shout out to Jason W! I got your back and misss you tonss! put me on Your visitors list!!!! please love you forever baby

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