Boone County Sheriff
Boone County Sheriff's Department and Jail
2121 County Dr.
Columbia, MO 65201
Office (573) 875-1111
Fax (573) 874-8953
Laundry is provided by volunteer inmate labor. Each offender is provided with two changes of uniforms and two blankets. Blankets are washed once weekly and the uniforms are exchanged every two days.
We have two large commercial washers and dryers for the male uniform laundry and for blanket laundry. The main laundry room is located adjacent to our kitchen facilities.
We have two residential machines for use by our female volunteer offender labor to wash the female uniforms and personal clothing. Blankets for the female offenders are diverted to the large commercial machines and washed by the male offender labor force.
We have one full-time kitchen located inside our facility. This commercial kitchen is responsible for providing meals to our offender population 365 days a year. Our food service staff is supervised by a food service director hired initially in June of 1986. Our food service staff supervises the preparation and service of nearly six-hundred meals each day. These meals are a combination of both cold and hot meal service, with special attention to diabetic and snack supplemented orders by our medical staff. It is the goal of our food service staff to provide filling and cost effective meals that comply with Federal guidelines and fall into our goal of a 2400 calorie a day diet.
In addition, our food service staff maintains supervision over a limited number of volunteer offender workers who assist in the kitchen area and are responsible for dishwashing and general cleaning of the food service area.
We are fortunate to have a professionally staffed medical department comprised of one Registered Nurse Supervisor, one Registered Nurse, and one Licensed Practical Nurse, supplemented with one full time Registered Nurse provided by a grant from Boone Hospital Center. These fine nurses, who are County Employees, are supervised by our contract Physician.
With this fine group of dedicated medical employees we maintain approximately sixteen hours of coverage Monday through Friday and 10-12 hours of coverage on Saturdays and Sundays. The Physician is on call for the medical staff 24/7.
The implementation of this medical program has kept our outside medical appointments for the offender population to a minimum and has provided wonderful on-site delivery of quality health care.
We are also fortunate to provide contractual psychiatric services to our offender population. In the eighth year of a contract with a local Psychiatric care provider, we offer initial evaluation, medication maintenance and delivery, group counseling, one-on-one counseling, and crisis intervention. This contract provides approximately 28-30 hours weekly to our offender population. This service is comprised of various counselors, mental health professionals, and is supervised by a licensed Psychiatrist.
This service has made our jail a much safer place for both the offender population and our custody staff that work here. Prior to implementation of this program eight years ago, our resources were extremely limited to restraint and rare admittance to state mental hospitals.
Access to the Courts is one of our basic tenets mandated by the Constitution of the United States. Although we do not have a Law Library per se, we do maintain one that is web based and it is available by specific request by our offender population that is allowed to represent themselves or is appealing a conviction.
We learned years ago that once you deface an expensive law book, it is no good to anyone else until is it replaced. By using a web-based service, we not only provide basic required legal research, but we have access to Federal Forms and cases that we would not have otherwise.
Offenders are limited to two specific requests per week with a maximum of three case citations per request. This service is performed as an additional duty by our Squad Captains.
Offenders who are represented by private attorney or by the Public Defender Office have at their command the resources represented by those offices and do not have access to our web-based Law Library.
Our offender library is made possible by generous public donations. We maintain a good list of most fiction and non-fiction books in paperback on book carts that are rolled into the housing units once a week. Offenders may have a maximum of two non-religious books in their possession at any given time.
Books may be dropped off at our public entrance during normal visitation hours only after consultation and approval by one of the Squad Captains. Books must be paper-back only and may not display inordinate vulgarity, be of disproportionate salacious sexual nature, nor promote racist or hate baiting violence. Obvious banned subject matter would be martial arts, lock smith or lock picking, or bomb making.
The Boone County Jail will be happy to accept donations of books and periodicals for use by our offender population as the need arises. Please contact one of the Admin Team to schedule a delivery or pick up of donated books.