Dwayne Carey
Boone County Sheriff
Boone County Sheriff's Department and Jail
2121 County Dr.
Columbia, MO 65201
Office (573) 875-1111
Fax (573) 874-8953


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I put money on the account of a detainee?

Questions about medications?

Can detainees get married during incarceration?

What are the intake and release procedures for detainees?

What is the policy for eye glasses?

Do detainees have access to clergy?

What happens if a detainee's car was impounded during arrest?

How do I bond a detainee out of the Boone County Jail?

What are the visiting procedures of the Boone County Jail?

What is the policy for detainee mail?

Which types of property are authorized for detainees serving sentences?

How do I put money on the account of a detainee?

All money on the detainee's person at the time of incarceation is places on the detainee's monetary account. They may use that to purchase personal hygeine items, clothing, and supplemental food items once weekly through our commissary vendor.

Commissary funds may only be deposited:

All United States currency and coinage will be receipted and accepted upon incarceration into the detainee's account. No actual money will be allowed in general or segregated population or in the datainee's property bag.

Government checks are accepted into account after arrest. However, personal checks and payroll checks are NOT.

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Questions about medications?

Detainees who are arrested and currently under a doctor's care and are taking prescribed medications must advise the custody staff upon initial booking of the types and dosages of medication, such as insulin, diabetic, blood pressure medication, and particularly heart related medication.

Necessary medication may be allowed in the facility on a case by case basis due to lag time in setting up some medications from our contract medical care provider. Those detainees on unique medications should make the medical department aware of such prescriptions and doctor contact information.

It is extremely important that the detainee inform the medical department of all medications that are taken daily to ensure that required medications are ordered and dispensed accordingly.

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Can detainees get married during incarceration?

The detained party(s) in the Boone County Jail who wish to get married must follow the Boone County Recorder's Office marriage license filing requirements before scheduling a marriage ceremony at the Boone County Jail.

The ceremony may not be allowed if the safety and/or security of the facility could be compromised.

It is the detainee's responsibility to ensure that an individual authorized to perform the ceremony is available and has a building access check completed prior to the ceremony.

Once an authorized individual has been obtained the detainee(s) requesting the marriage ceremony can contact the Jail Administration for scheduling purposes.

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What are the intake and release procedures for detainees?

The Boone County Jail has a 24 hour a day/ 7 days a week intake/release procedure. Except for minimal disruption during mandatory count periods, family members may bond out detainees at any time. The Jail is located behind the main entrance of the Sheriff's Office (notable by the lighted flag pole). Once you enter the parking area of the Sheriff's Office Complex, there is signage that will direct you to the Jail Parking lot and entrance. Our jail is located at 2121 County Drive, Columbia Missouri 65202.

Please see the Custody Operations page for information on intake.

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What is the policy for eye glasses?

Detainees who are booked without their prescription eyeglasses will need to submit a request to our medical department on a Medical Service Request (MSR) form for approval to have them dropped off during visitation times. Glasses with broken frames or broken lenses will not be accepted.

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Do detainees have access to clergy?

We have special visitation times set for clergy visits to our detainee population. Approved Clergy must make an appointment with our main control room, 573- 875-1111 ext 6220.

Clergy Visitation Days and Times
Tuesday & Thursday Evenings Saturday & Sunday
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Clergy must submit to a criminal history check and be approved by Jail Administration. Fill out and return the Volunteer Application to the Boone County Jail using the mailing instructions located at the top of the form.

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What happens if a detainee's car was impounded during arrest?

If the vehicle that the detainee was driving was impounded you must contact the arresting agency for information as to where the vehicle is located. If the Sheriff's Office was involved in the arrest, you need to contact (573) 875-1111 and ask for the Enforcement Supervisor to obtain this information.

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How do I bond a detainee out of the Boone County Jail?

The jail will accept bonds on any Boone County Jurisdictional case and on all cases, both out of county and out of state, that are not restricted for some reason by the requesting jurisdiction.

Bonding is accomplished at the public entrance to the Boone County Jail. Seating and space is severely limited, so a nominal wait period is to be expected. Bonding is accomplished 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on a first come, first serve basis with the notable exception of four mandatory count periods daily wherein activity and detainee movement in the facility is severely restricted until complete. Certain emergencies that the jail might experience might also delay the bonding process. However, those exceptions noted, most bonding can occur within 20-30 minutes once the process starts.

For all bonds, we now accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express, and bonding Company Surety. For Cash Bonds, we accept Cash, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express. All credit card transactions are processed through a "Third Party Pay System". We currently employ CourtMoney.com as our third party pay system. The credit card must be in the person's name who is posting the bond, in the person's possession, and must be presented along with a matching picture ID. Fees for using the system vary and can be obtained at the time of bonding or by calling CourtMoney.com direct at 1-800-352-9870. Boone County collects no fees whatsoever from credit card transactions through this system.

Surety Bonds persons must be approved to write in Boone County. For a complete and current list, please consult the Boone County Circuit Clerks' office M - F between 8AM and 5PM at (573) 886-4000. Missouri allows for personal property to be put for bond in certain circumstances. This is only done at the Circuit Clerk's office at the Courthouse. Call (573) 886-4000 for current information.

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What are the visiting procedures of the Boone County Jail?

No one under the age of 16 will be allowed to visit inside the Boone County Jail. Children under the age of 16 shall NOT be left unattended by visitors on the property of the Boone County Sheriff/Jail Complex.

Each visitor, prior to entry, mus present a valid (non-expired) photo identification card issued by a U.S. State or Terrirtory, the U.S. Federal Governement, or a Native American Tribal photo identification card.

Only one visitor per visitation period. Parents (to include step-parents), Grandparents, and Aunts/Uncles will be considered as one visitor.

Per policy, there are NO "special visits" unless approved by the Sheriff of Boone County.

Loss of visitation privileges will be a form of disciplinary action. Visits will be limited to once each day. If a detainee receives a visit in the morning he/she will not be allowed to a second visit in the evening. Money orders and acceptable property will be taken in between the hours of 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM and 7:30 PM and 10:00 PM daily.

Visitation will be by alphabetical first letter of last name:

Monday A - B
Tuesday C - F
Wednesday G - J
Thursday K - M
Friday N - R
Saturday S - Z
Sunday Additional day for male and female trustee detainees

Visitation Days and Times
Monday through Sunday Male Visitation Female Visitation
Morning 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Evening 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM 8:45 PM - 9:45 PM

No visitor will be allowed to carry in cameras, cell-phones, or electronic recording devices. Purses and non-authorized items must be left in the vehicle in the parking lot prior to admission to the visitation area. The Sheriff's Department shall not be responsible for any item left by the public.

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What is the policy for detainee mail?

General Guidelines

  1. Incoming mail is picked up and logged by the Boone County Jail staff Monday through Saturday (excluding Federal Holidays).
  2. Certified or registered mail shall be processed in accordance with U.S. Postal regulations.
  3. The facility shall permit detainees to send or receive sealed correspondence to or from legal counsel.
  4. Mail addressed to the Boone County Government Center, Courthouse or Public Defenders Office may be sent through inter-office mail.
  5. Detainee mail will be sorted according to housing assignment and detainee name.
  6. If the detainee is no longer housed in this facility, the mail will be returned to sender if a return address is provided. If no address is provided, mail will be returned to the U.S. Postal agency.
  7. All cottespondence must have the detainee's official mailing address (return address for outgoing mail, sending address for incoming mail). The official address is:

    Detainee's Name (full legal name)
    Boone County Jail
    2121 County Drive
    Columbia Missouri 65202

  8. Detainees may write to anyone they chose. However, their mail could be restricted if officials of the jail find that correspondence violates the statutes of law, violates the wishes of persons who receive the correspondence, or poses a threat to the security and order of the jail.
  9. Items considered to be a detriment to the safe and orderly operation of the Boone County Jail are prohibited and considered to be "contraband". Contraband items include, but are not limited to:

    Any illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, deadly weapons, dangerous instruments, explosives or any other article or item that could be used to endanger other persons or the preservation of order in the facility. Any item construed as an aid to escape. Any item which could be used to disguise or alter the appearance of the detainee. Mail containing stickers, adhesive labels, watermarks, stains, lipstick, and/or any other suspect alteration(s)/adilteration(s) will be returned to sender.

  10. Pornographic and/or "sexually suggestive" photographs and/or drawings are prohibited.
  11. There will be no limit on the number of letters a detainee may send out, provided they can pay for the paper, pens, envelopes, and stamps. If a detainee is unable to pay for these items, they may request them through commissary. Once Detainee Accounts has verified that the detainee meets the indigent requirements the request will be forwarded to the Jail Shift Supervisor for issuance. The detainee will be provided enough writing materials for two (2) letters per week.
  12. Incoming mail must have the detinee's complete name, the sender's name, and complete address.
  13. Mail will not be distributed to any detainee unless they are wearing the proper attire.
  14. Detainees will only receive monetary funds through the mail in the form of money orders or cashier's checks.
  15. Mail containing items available for purchase from commissary will not be accepted.
  16. Stamps will be removed from the correspondence before being delivered to the detainee.
  17. Incoming mail is picked up and logged by the Boone County Jail staff.
  18. Every effort will be made to distribute mail on the date received.
  19. Outgoing mail is picked up and logged by the Boone County Jail staff.

Detainee Mail

  1. Incoming Non-Priveleged Mail
    1. Mail will be open and inspected for contraband and/or money order(s) and logged into the Jail Management System (JMS).
    2. If contraband is found, the entire piece of mail will be confiscated and a Mail Rejection Form will be filled out and a copy given to the addresses detainee. The sender of the mail will receive a copy of the Mail Rejection Form. A copy of the Mail Rejection Form will be placed in the detainees file.
    3. Detainees are permitted to retain a reasonable number of personal letters in their personal areas. Excessive materials will be placed in the detainee's property or released to a preson designated by the detainee.
  2. Incoming Priveleged Mail
    1. Correspondence deemed privileged must have specific and clearly printed verbiage on the face of the envelope, specifically stating the correspondence is to be "Legal Mail", "Attorney/Client Confidentiality", etc. All senders must be adequately identified on the envelope as well as the address, authority, and/or office from which the correspondence originated.
    2. Privileged mail will be processed and delivered following the same guidelines as non-privileged, with the following exception:
      1. Privileged mail will be opened and inspected for contraband in the presence of the receiving detainee. The privileged mail will not be otherwise read by jail personnel.
  3. Outgoing Mail
    1. Jail will collect outgoing mail staff every day.
    2. Outgoing mail will be logged into the JMS by jail staff.
    3. Outgoing mail will be placed in the U.S. Postal mailbox Monday through Sunday.
  4. Inspection of Detainee Mail
    1. Letters may be read for the discovery of correspondence containing information regarding the following:
      1. Plans for sending contraband in or out of the jail.
      2. Plans for criminal activity.
      3. Instructions for the manufacture of weapons, drugs, drug paraphernalia, or alcoholic beverages.
      4. Threat(s) of blackmail or extortion.
      5. Code(s) being used not understood by the examiner.
      6. Plans for activities in violation of jail rules.
      7. Other material which would create a serious danger to the safety and security of the jail.
    2. Incoming correspondence may be rejected based on a court order or if it contains the following:
      1. Information regarding the manufacture of explosives, weapons, or drugs.
      2. Content intended to encourage or assist in disrupting the orderly operation of the jail, such as through a criminal act, riot, works stoppage or breach of jail rules.
      3. Sexually explicit photographs and/or drawings.
      4. Correspondence or material may be damaged during inspection process.
    3. When incoming correspondence is rejected due to its contents, the contraband or other rejected material will be placed in the detainee's property with the original Mail Rejection Form attached. A copy of the Mail Rejection Form will be kept in the detainees file and a copy will be provided to the detainee. This mail will only be given to the detainee when released or as allowed following an appeal of the notice of rejection. Mail not containing contraband or other rejected material will be delivered to the detainee.
    4. When incoming correspondence is rejected due to its contents the Boone County Jail will mail the sender a copy, by U.S. Mail, of the Mail Rejection Form that was provided to the detainee as notice of the rejected material. The Mail Rejection Form will specify the reason for rejection and notify the sender of the opportunity to appeal the rejection. The notice will be sent within 5 days of receipt of the rejected correspondence.
    5. When outgoing mail is rejected it will be returned to the detainee with a Mail Rejection Form. A copy will be of the Mail Rejection Form will be placed in the detainee's file along with a copy of the rejected correspondence.
    6. In the event the correspondence contains evidence of a crime or deemed threatening to the safety and security of the facility, the correspondence will be seized and forwarded with a report for investigative purposes to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Copies of the correspondence will be placed in the detainee's file.

Appeal Process for Rejected Correspondence

  1. Upon receipt of the copy of the Mail Rejection Form, the sender may request an appeal of the rejection. The request for appeal must be in writing, sent via the U.S. Mail, to the Jail Administrator, Boone County Jail, 2121 County Drive, Columbia, Missouri, 65202.
  2. The appeal must state the specific reasons the sender believes the rejected correspondence should not have been rejected.
  3. The sender's request for appeal of rejected correspondence will be considered by the Jail Administrator or designee. The individual considering the appeal shall not be the individual originally rejecting the correspondence and shall be of higher rank. The sender will be notified of the jail's decision of the appeal, in writing, within 10 days of receipt of the request for appeal.
  4. After the appeal is concluded, the detainee may authorize the rejected correspondence be returned to the sender instead of holding the mail until the detainee is released. The sender of the rejected correspondence may also request that it be returned. Mail which contains a discussion of commission of a crime or evidence of a crime will not be returned to the sender and may be referred to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.

Administrative Sanctions

  1. Detainees who interfere with the Boone County Jail mail operation or policies and procedures, will be served with notice of charges by a Jail Supervisor.
  2. An Incident Report will be submitted to the Jail Administrator for investigation.
  3. Detainees found in violation will be charged.


Mail in the Boone County Jail Facility will be handled, processed, and stored with the highest level of security.

Detainee-Employee Correspondence

Any Employee who receives personal mail from a past or present detainee will be required to notify their supervisor and document the correspondence with an Incident Report.

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Which types of property are authorized for detainees serving sentences?

For those detainees who are anticipating serving a sentence in the Boone County Jail and for those family members needing to know what property is acceptable here is a list of commonly accepted property for the jail.

Please Note: All items allowed for those serving sentences are for initial intake only . After intake, all clothing items must be purchased from the commissary.


  1. Tee Shirts: Limit of 3, no pockets, no tank tops, no long sleeves, white only.

  2. Socks: Limit of 3, white only.

  3. Underwear: Limit of 3, plain panties, briefs, or boxers, white only.

    Note: Female arrivals may keep their colored underwear until a pair of acceptable white underwear has been purchased from our commissary or brought in by family members.

  4. Brassiere: Limit of 3, no underwires, white only. *Note: new female arrivals may remove underwires from current brassieres to make them acceptable, and new arrivals may also keep colored brassieres until appropriate clothing can be bought from our commissary, or delivered by family.

  5. Thermal Underwear: White or creme colored only, limit of two.

  6. Tennis Shoes: No longer allowed to keep on person while serving time.

Reading Material

  1. Paperback Books: Limit of two in possession at any one time. All books become the property of the facility upon delivery, but the detainee shall have the option to read them first.

  2. Magazines: Limit of 2 by subscription only.

  3. Religious Books: Soft back Bible or Koran, additional religious tracts or texts may be kept to reasonable minimum. These shall remain the property of the detainee.

  4. Newspapers: Will only be accepted via subscription and in the possession of the detainee for one day's worth only.

Contraband Reading Material

This is any material that falls into the general guidelines of being:

  1. Explicit or graphic depiction of sexual acts.

  2. Material that promotes or solicits sexual activity.

  3. Material that promotes the abuse or exploitation of children.

  4. Material that depicts the manufacture, simulation and or concealment of weapons, ammunition, explosives, incendiaries, escape devices, or escape techniques.

  5. Material that depicts ingredients and or manufacture of toxic or illegal substances.

  6. Material that promotes or advocates violence, disorder, insurrection, or terrorist activities against individuals, groups, organizations and government facilities.

  7. Material that promotes, advocates, or instructs in the commission of criminal activity.

  8. Material that depicts or contains technical specifications or may be used to alter or defeat electronic, mechanical or other security devices and or information concerning security techniques and training of personnel and canine units.

  9. Material that depicts or contains information that may be used to alter or defeat communications systems.

  10. Instructions or information relating to the ability to injure or kill a person.

  11. Any material that would be detrimental to the security, good order or discipline of this facility.


Limit of ten (10), no pornographic, provocative photos. This includes any depiction of gang signs. Photographs will not have frames or be affixed to cardboard or homemade frames.


We allow small religious medallions, no larger than 1 inch by 1 inch and made of pliable material, no metal. We allow plain wedding band, no large stones. We allow a medical alert necklace or bracelet. Limit of one each.

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