Wise County Jail – Decatur, TX

Wise County Jail is in Wise County, TX and is the jail for that region. Looking for someone at Wise County Jail? This site tells you information about anything related to Wise County Jail,such as: How to locate an inmate at Wise County Jail. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Wise County court information. And much much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary prospect, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give you information and advice you need to make helping someone get out of jail less stressfull. If you have a specific question, just ask them, and any tips or comments that would be a benefit to other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

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Wise County Jail
200 Rook Ramsey Drive
Decatur, TX 76234

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 940-627-5975
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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 need to find out where they are?

Do you know a family member or friend who has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?

To look up who’s in jail at Wise County Jail you have to click on their website and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Wise County Jail Inmate Search is an online list of people currently in custody, which includes status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you are able to get info on anybody booked or released within the past 24 hour period. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can get their arrest information fast if you enter the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you are looking for might be in another jail you should check the other Texas county jails in our Texas County Jail Guide: Other Jails in Texas


A mugshot, also known as a jail booking photograph, is the photograph that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually one frontal photo and a side picture. Your full name and booking number will appear on the pictures, and they are kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Wise County Jail prisoners can be seen online, or you can see them at the Wise County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to put in the legal name, and the arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot taken down from the Wise County Jail website? This will be difficult, because your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that all of your arrest records will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you’re arrested and put in jail, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail amount is determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be released, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to agree to be in court on your court date, and you can’t leave town.

Typically, prisoners are given time off for good behavior when they respect the rules and act right while they’re in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to return to jail every day when you’re finished working, or you could have the chance to live in a halfway house when you are not working.


Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you will have to pay depends on how serious your crime is. You will need to pay to the courts ten percent of the total that was set in order to be released from jail. If you don’t go to court, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the jail. If know the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is no fun, but thankfully, its easy if you have the money. First of all, you have to find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you can’t use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – they will not accept a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the person will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes with a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will require that they use your personal assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To contact a local bail bondsman click here: Find a Bail Bondsman in Wise County

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

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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

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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure is made up of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
  • First, will have to answer some basic questions, like what is your full legal name, home address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will be allowed to make a telephone call to call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be able to keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail uniform.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If so, please tell your story so other people can learn from your experience. How long did it take to get through intake? How were you treated? Do you have any things that could help other people that get arrested make it through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged from jail can take anywhere between 30 minutes to quite a few hours. In other words the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you can get out of jail. It also can depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond or if the magistrate has to determine how much to set your bail at. For a minor offense, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a date of your release, expect to get released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, you really should follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and tell someone that believe that there could be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Make sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Make sure that you only bring necessary items when you go, for example a driver’s license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates need to give information about each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitors will be entered in a log of approved visitors for the requesting inmate. Each and every visitor is required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors arriving late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies can change, so you should visit the official site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Calls made in jail are generally more expensive than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone calls might get cut back or totally denied.

Phone Number: 940-627-5975

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be mailed using US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of mail or package delivery. You should write or type the inmate’s name, inmate number, and the jail address on the letter. Do not mail a box or package, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail received by the jail will be opened and inspected and read by the jail administration, and will be returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Wise County Jail:

Wise County Jail
200 Rook Ramsey Drive
Decatur, TX 76234

Here is how you should address the letter:

Wise County Jail
200 Rook Ramsey Drive
Decatur, TX 76234

The Wise County Jail inmate mail policy changes, so it would be best to double check the official website when you send a letter.

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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have rights, one of these is your right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to get a friend or relative to find an attorney for you. You may be asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, an attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and help you through the court system in Wise County. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better.

For more info on how to find an attorney, read: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender is staffed by independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys, admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to handle your case.

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

Court Records

All court records are public records. They contain a file with a docket and all documents and motions filed during your court case. You, and anyone else, can access the records and documents in your court case using the website, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who maintains 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 records and documents relating to your case are kept at Clerk of Court.


Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges associated with your case, for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees.


The Wise County court magistrate is the judge that presides over your case. Magistrates are judges that do different tasks, like setting bail amounts, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.


Your pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about the arrestee’s background and information about the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate will take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the defendant, his or her family members, and in some circumstances the victim. Keep in mind you are allowed to request to get your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and review it and correct any mistakes.


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 incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be taken into custody immediately, or you could receive a date that you are required to report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.

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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To find this out just visit the Wise County jail website, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the court records online or call the court. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. 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 name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or check online. An arrest is public record and this is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, which can be warrants. You can find these by going to the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are listed and registered on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view this information on the website, but remember that you won’t get the actual address, rather the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a court case file that contains a docket and any of the filings and documents filed in the court case. You can access your court records via the internet, or at Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal background. These databases are connected so you can track criminal histories from any other state. You are able to go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you are able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t find if that person has had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you call the jail? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your comments might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Wise County,the Wise County Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI 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 the Wise County jail is quite unpleasant, in time you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. Inmates get an alarm to wake up at about 6:00AM, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. Following breakfast you will have to work 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 Wise 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 Wise 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 funds to people in jail is always changing, so be sure to check the site before you send money to an inmate 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 Wise County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Wise 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.

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    • 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 of this Jail

    Have you ever been locked up at Wise County Jail? Do you know anybody that spent time there? Have you ever visited someone in this jail?

    If yes, then you should tell us about it. Write about your experience because others will know what to expect.

    Things you can include in what you write:

    • Conditions in Wise County Jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs

    Let Everyone Know

    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you get arrested? Did you get fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you want to say wassup to a person you met in jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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  1. My son has been in Wise County for 3 months. visitation is ok-wish they had contact visits though. Commissary and phone service is way to expensive-who are you punishing–not the inmate because the inmate does not pay for this-family/friends do. I think the cost of these things should be investigated to see if a more reasonable price could be found. Commissary is way to expensive also-I am told and looked up the price list for TDC and theirs is a fraction of what the cost is in a county jail and then if you do not get it on there 24 hours prior to commissary then they don’t get it even though it has been deducted from your bank account they still don’t get it-yet you can add money to the phone system and within 10 to 15 minutes it is there–I called touchpay to check why-they told me it is the facility that hold the approval once they have approved it the money is at the facility and it is their choice to say it is there or not but if they have a 24 hours hold on it, oh well the inmate has to do without–kinda on the rediculous side if you ask me–if you put money in the bank and go to spend it aren’t you going to be upset if they say–sorry–it has to be here 24 hours first–not a very good set up if you ask me….The personnel has always been very nice and understanding whenever I have had questions or concerns. Though I have my doubts about the nurses there as when my son was taken to the doctor the nurse from the jail would not let him talk but kept talking for him–I am a nurse and I just don’t see how she would think this was ok or that the doctor would even allow her to do it…she is not the patient so how would she know what the answer to the questions are…what nursing school did she go to….I am quite aware that he is in there for doing something wrong but his mind is still there and does not need someone else to speak for him concerning his physician visits which I paid for thru his commisary. Mail being read by other inmates–that is wrong also–once an inmate puts mail in the box or whatever it is to go out it should not be where another inmate can even get his hands on it to read…this is very very big problem….they cannot seal the envelopes as it is read by jail personnel prior to being sent out which is fine but that is a federal offence the last time I looked about reading someone elses mail but then it wasn’t sealed so he didn’t open it so is it still considered a felony? Over all the facility is nice and all is going to have problems but they really need to check on the pricing of commissary and the price for phone calls and make it easier for elderly to use the phone system–they do not understand nor can they use the system unless someone helps them and sometimes the only person that normally helps them is the person in jail that they are trying to talk to to start with…

  2. brandi says:

    My husband is in jail and i was wondering if anyone can tell me about what you can do for a inmate besides phone calls, comissary and visitation. i feel that there is so much more that we could do to help inmates besides lock them behind bars and feed them three meals a day. i am also a nurse and people that act out in this manner need help (not enabling or taking them completely away from society so when they get out they no longer feel comfortable in a world they to belong in), so requir them to have counseling for how ever long they need, help them find a way of living and etc. these are only human being that we are allowing to be tortured.not everyone may like them but some of us know who some of them really are and we love them dearly. my husband has been several times and he has never benefited from it only got worse.i empathize with him if people treated me the way he has been treated and i had to live in there it would not take me long to give up on myself and live either.

  3. My son was arrested and placed in the Wise County Jail recently. He was charged with assault on his wife. I do not know if this happened as I was not present. From the history my family has had with this woman, I know first hand she fabricates, files false reports and manipulates the system. Always playing the victim she is very convincing. She has filed false CPS reports, filed a false assault report on me (was unfounded), committed fraud against the Food Stamp system and has committed federal income tax fraud.
    My family has never been in this position before and I don’t know where to turn. Is there any resources to help explain how to deal with the trauma, how to get my son out on bail etc. We have not told my three young grandchildren what is happening with their Dad as we feel it is not appropriate. They have been put through the mental and physical abuse dealt out by the woman mentioned above. She has been court ordered to stay away from his children.

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