Boone County Jail – Columbia, MO

Boone County Jail is located in Boone County, MO and is the primary correctional facility for the region. Are you looking for someone at Boone County Jail? This page tells you info about everything a person needs to know about Boone County Jail,such as: How to do a jail inmate search. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And more…

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The chance of going to jail is a scary and stressfull thought, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is designed to give information and tips that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail a lot easier. If you have questions, just ask them, and please leave any comments or tips that could be a benefit to other people in the same situation is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Boone County Jail
2121 County Drive
Columbia, MO 65202

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number:
Fax:

Map and Directions


Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is locked up and want to contact them?

Do you know somebody that has been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

To find out who’s in jail at Boone County Jail you need to navigate to their web site and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Boone County Jail Inmate List is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, including current status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. Also, you are able to get information about anyone arrested and booked or released in the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to find their inmate information faster if you’ve got their name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If your friend or family member might be at another jail you should check our Missouri county jail guide: Missouri Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail booking photograph, is the picture that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is make of one and one profile photo. Your name and booking number will be on the mugshot, and they’re on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be viewed on the website, or you can go in person to the Boone County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will need to enter the prisoner’s first and last name, and a booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot erased from the Boone County Jail site? This will be difficult, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

To learn more about removing your mugshot, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you are arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail will be set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be released, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you are required to agree to show up for court, and until that day you won’t be permitted to travel out of the county.

Typically, an inmate at Boone County Jail are given an early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while they are in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to return to the jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you could be allowed to move into a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system to be released from jail pending trial. The amount of bail that is set is dictated by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You will have to pay to the courts 10% of the amount that was determined so you can get discharged from jail. If you fail to show up for court, that person will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You must call the Boone County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they will let you know how much their bail is. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Boone County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but usually, it’s easy. To start with, figure out if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you can’t get a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail can’t accept a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should try a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and in most cases have a minimum fee of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman may use your personal assets as collateral.

To find a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at Boone County Jail

Have you ever used a Bail Bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure takes you through these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you will have to answer some basic questions, like your full legal name, home address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to use the telephone to call a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might get to keep wearing your own clothes, if not you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.

Have you ever been booked into jail? If so, please tell us what happened. How long did it take? What was you treatment like? Do you know any things that might help other people to get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will get released from jail. This process will take anywhere between 10 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you will get discharged. Also, how fast you get released might depend on if you’ve got a cash bond amount or if a judge has to figure out the amount of bail to be set. For a minor charge, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the date of your release, you should expect to be released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you need to start your sentence, you should do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail intake area, and tell someone that you think there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if you do, you will be taken into jail custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be sure that you don’t show up late. Be sure to only bring necessary items with you, like your drivers license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to give each visitor’s full name to the jail. Your visitor’s information will go into the visitors log as an authorized visitor. All visitors will have to provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors showing up late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies change often, so review the jail site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Phone calls made in jail are generally more expensive than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or cut altogether.

The Boone County Jail phone number is:

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You shouldn’t use any other method of delivery. You have to write or type the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail a package, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and read and inspected by the jail officers, and the mail will be returned to the sender if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Boone County Jail:

Boone County Jail
2121 County Drive
Columbia, MO 65202

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Boone County Jail
2121 County Drive
Columbia, MO 65202


The mail policy changes, so it would be best to review the official Boone County Jail site before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have particular rights, one of these being that you have the right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to have a friend or relative locate an attorney for you. You’re probably asking yourself ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you find your way through the complicated legal system. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your situation, the better.

For more detailed information on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, visit: How to Find a Lawyer in Boone County

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has access to investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social case workers. Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers that are members of the Missouri State Bar and are legally licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you ever had to use the services of a Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

All court records are public records. Court records are comprised of a file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the documents that have been filed. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case using the online service, or at the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All court records from your case are maintained at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges associated with your case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the type of judge that rules over your case in court. They do different functions, such as setting bail amounts, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared to include the defendant’s background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate will review when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember you can request to see a copy of the report before sentencing, and review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service to probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you might get immediately taken into custody, or you could get a date that you are required to report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if a family member of friend is locked up, or has ever been in jail?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you need to query the Boone County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry online or you are able to call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or look online. An arrest is a matter of public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, which can be a court order. You can access civil process orders by going to the Boone County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are registered and listed on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view sex offenders online, but bear in mind that you won’t see the precise address, but only the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a case file that contains a court docket and any documents filed in the court case. You can access the court records online, or at Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of people’s criminal history. These online databases are linked together and you can track criminal convictions from other states. You can go to courthouse and inquire, or check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, you generally will not find out if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it an easy process? Dis you do your search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your story may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Boone County,the Boone County Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List:


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in Boone County Jail is no fun, in time you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then get breakfast. After 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 Boone 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 Boone 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 jail inmates is likely to change, so we suggest that you review the official website before you send funds to an inmate.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Boone County Jail

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

    Requirements:

    • 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:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been incarcerated at this jail? Do you know someone there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at Boone County Jail?

    If so, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Write down your jail experience so other people will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in what you write:

    • Conditions in Boone County Jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you get arrested? Were you fairly treated? How was life in jail? Were the other inmates cool? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Need to find somebody you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

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