Bradley County Jail – Cleveland, TN

Bradley County Jail is in Bradley County, Tennessee and is the correctional facility for this area. Do you know someone locked up in Bradley County Jail? This site tells you information about everything related to Bradley County Jail,like the following: Find an inmate at Bradley County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures and booking. Court records. And much much more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give you all the info that you’ll need to make the process a lot easier. If you have a question, just ask them, and also any comments or tips that would be a benefit to other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

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Bradley County Jail
2290 Blythe Ave Se
Cleveland, TN 37311

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 423-728-7366

Map and Directions

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is incarcerated and need to find out where they are?

Has a friend or family member that has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out what jail they’re in?

To find out who’s in jail at Bradley County Jail you have to click on their website and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Bradley County Jail Inmate Lookup has information on persons who are in jail, which includes current status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. Also, you are able to find info for anybody booked or released within the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to locate the information more quickly if you’ve got your friend or family member’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for is locked up at a different jail you can check our Tennessee county jail guide: List of all jails in Tennessee


A mugshot, also known as a booking photo, is the photograph that the police take when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one full face and a profile photo. Your full name and jail booking number will be on the mugshot, and they are on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Bradley County Jail prisoners can be viewed on the Bradley County Jail website, or you can see them in person at the Bradley County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you have to input the person’s full name, and the arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot taken off of the Bradley County Jail site? This can be tricky, as the mugshot is a public record. You will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that your arrest record would 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 taken down, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you are incarcerated, your only thought is about when you get out. After you’ve been booked, a bail amount will be set by a special judge called a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you are required to agree to be in court on your court date, and until that date you won’t be allowed to leave the area.

Typically, inmates will be given time off for good behavior if they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while incarcerated.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. Either you will have to return to the jail each day after work, or you may be permitted to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail.


Bail is money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you will have to pay is determined by the seriousness of your charges. You or someone you know will have to pay to the courts ten percent of the total set so you are able to bail out of jail. If you miss your court date, whoever paid your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You have to call the Bradley County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you how much their bail is. Also, you can see the bail amount online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is no fun, but thankfully, it is easy. First, figure out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you won’t be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail won’t accept checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the inmate will get released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just don’t have the money, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally have a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and sometimes have a minimum charge of $100. This money is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman might request to use your assets as collateral.

To talk to a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman

Have you ever hired a bail bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • Released For Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance

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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process takes you through 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 step is that you have to answer some questions, like what is your legal name, your address, birthdate and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will get to make a phone call in order to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be allowed to 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 you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. The discharge process takes anywhere between 10 minutes to quite a few hours. In simple terms, the faster bail is posted, the quicker you can get released from jail. How quickly you get discharged depends on whether you’ve been given a cash bond or if a magistrate needs to decide on how much to set your bail at. For a minor offense, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served your sentence and have a release date, you should plan to be discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you have to start a jail sentence, you really should follow the rules and turn yourself in. For a warrant, report to the jail processing area, and tell them that believe that there could be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if you do, you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring necessary items when you go to jail, like your drivers license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance. Your visitors will be put into a log of visitors as an authorized visitor. Each and every visitor will have to provide proof of identification. Any visitors that gets to visitation or without a visiting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so you should double-check the official 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 . Calls made in jail are generally pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone privileges might get cut back or totally denied.

The Bradley County Jail phone number is: 423-728-7366

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate must be mailed using the US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of delivery. You have to clearly write the name, prisoner number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a package or box, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail is opened and inspected and read by staff, and will get returned to the sender if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Bradley County Jail
2290 Blythe Ave Se
Cleveland, TN 37311

Here is how you should address the letter:

Bradley County Jail
2290 Blythe Ave Se
Cleveland, TN 37311

The Bradley County Jail mail policy changes often, so we suggest that you double check the official website when you send a letter to an inmate there.

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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you still have rights, one of these being the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to ask a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call them. You may be asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, an attorney will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you through the court system. The sooner you get an attorney working on your charges, the better.

For more information about this subject, go to: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender is staffed by independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys that are admitted to the Tennessee State Bar Association and are legally licensed to handle your case.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? How did they do?

Court Records

Court records are a matter of public record. They contain a file containing a docket sheet and each of the documents that have been filed in your case. You can access the records and documents in your court case using the website, or at the Bradley County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All court records related to your case are kept at the office of the Clerk of Court.


Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees associated with your case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.


The magistrate is the type of judge that rules over your case. They do several different things, which include determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants for arrest, and overseeing preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.


A pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about your background and as much detail about the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate will review when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the defendant, his or her family members, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember you are able to request to have your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and correct the mistakes.


After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be locked up immediately, or you could be given a date that you are supposed to report to jail to serve your term.

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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if a family member of friend is currently in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

To find this out you will have to visit the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • or jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you should call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry on the website or you are able to call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask one of the officers. You should know that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Bradley County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or look online. Arrest records are in the public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, such as court orders. You can find these by getting in touch with the Bradley County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to see these offenders online, but remember that you won’t get the street address, just the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a court case file containing a docket sheet and any of the documents and filings filed in your case. You are able to access the court records on their website, or at the Bradley County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of someone’s criminal history. These online databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal histories from any other state. You are able to go to the Bradley County Courthouse and check in person, or check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if the crime was in a different state, you might have to pay 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 the following crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, usually will not find out if someone has had any moving violations, like:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving histories, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it easy? Dis you do your search online or did you call the Bradley County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your feedback might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Bradley County,the Bradley 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 being incarcerated in the Bradley County jail is no fun, in time you will settle into the routine that is set for you. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm each morning at 6:00 AM, and next you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will have to work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Bradley 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 Bradley 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 people in jail could change, so you should visit the the Bradley County Jail website before send funds to someone in jail there.


    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.


    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.


    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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    Types of Jobs at Bradley County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Bradley 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 Bradley County Jail


    • 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 of this Jail

    Have you ever been locked up at this jail? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner in this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then please leave a comment below about it. Write about what you experienced because others can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in the review:

    • Conditions in Bradley County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs

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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? How did the guards treat you? How was life in jail? What were the other inmates like? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Are you trying to find out how to get in touch with somebody you met when you were locked up? Leave a message for them here.

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  1. I have never been to jail and i have to turn myself in on friday at 8pm for a dui charge .what can i expect, i have no clue and am scared to death. do i need to put money on my a books for something i may need or get a phone card so i can call someone who gives a crap??? help me out scared to death!!!!

  2. Amanda Hawkins ,mark mantooth love and miss you both so much.

  3. I need help I need to go to court right now I keep on hearing voices in my brain telling me that to stab my silibings I live on 895 4th st se please hurry bring a paramedic for me emergency

    • Denise Patterson says:

      Very long time ago..but out of true concern I would like to know if this lady & siblings are doing great. Hope it was taken care of with no kind of harm to herself or others. Hope all that family are doing great now & thriving although like I said just seeing this comment she left even though it’s saying it was in the yr. 2015..that still puts a scare in ur heart for them..sorry for the time but not apologizing for sending my love & sincere prayers in the deepest ways..sounds 2 me like that young lady was very overwhelmed all at once & couldn’t cope as well as she [they]her family or legal guardians thought she could! Truly hoping that it was more so that she kinda got scared ,& siblings may have not been minding, wouldn’t listen& took advantage of parents being gone. So sister got worried & scared & kinda got so panicky & overwhelmed ,the first thing she could think of to get things under control was to start screaming & grabbed up phone & I guess called 9-1-1..but also she could’ve meant to call her family or anyone that could talked over the bad situation.. Point being after all that is I’m truly hoping that although obvious m.h.evaluations took place I would’ve like to know that after all of that they seen it was more of a “teenage or” situatin..instead of diagnosing a severe mentally illness thing that she would now have to live with for rest of her life..**this COMMENT was posted 3 years old but just seen it & it drawed my attention, because I too struggle everyday with Mental Illness…i think mine is more like mild, but other times I have a hard time just trying to my thought under control, took the point where I’m literally feeling like just like all of a sudden I feel like a cannot keep a GRASP ON REALITY! And that terrifies me & when I add many,many hrs that I haven’t slelpt [like up to 4 days]it’s like my mind will not quit running & going! believe me i have& do take o.t.c. sleep aid & prescribed one..but they don’t put me to sleep very rarely & I will not take more than the label says for fear of o.d!..,.Although I have tried to commit suicide many,many yrs ag! AND FOR ANONE LISTENING NO MATTER HOW HARD OF A TIME I ARE DEALING WITH , MY TRUUTH IS THE MOST RECENT THOUGHT I HAD ABOUT KILLING OR NOT WANTING TO LIVE WAS HONESTLY THIS PAST WEEK!!..& I haven’t been that depressed,sad,heartbroken in a long time many yrs. & but this person who wrote this I’m hoping maybe u can get a glance at my comment & it’s been awhile since u posted that I said it came across as very aggressively to them. So hope u didn’t get any jail time for that call,but obviously somethn had to give a punishment. But hope its all behind u now…Eathier way that was my whole point I’m hoping & assuming that u are seeing a psychiatrist, counselors & go to meeting reguularly..i have no insurance & I need to go to hiwassee mental health.or any place immediately bc of some bad things going on last several months which have been worried but I refuse E.R!…..not sure if this come to u as anonymous which If it does It must be how they do it..but if shows my email or if choose find me on S.Media..mostly fb only tho..well God Bless u ur sure things are a world of difference…but I would like to no & an update just 2 see the positively which I expected…but update if u choose can go strictly for my eyes only…sorry letter was so long but I’ve never did such a thing..omethn asked me to do..sincerely — Denise P.atterson

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