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Detention Division

County Jail Exterior

(Former LCSO facility)

The Livingston County Jail was housed within the sheriff's office at 901 Webster Street, Chillicothe, Missouri until May 10, 2021 when we moved to our new facility at 919 Jackson Street, Chillicothe, MO 64601.  The former Livingston County Jail opened in 1978 under Sheriff Leland O'Dell and closed December 31, 2012 due to a variety of expensive and needed repairs unable to be funded by Livingston County government.

The Livingston County Jail was a 48-bed facility.  We had a total of 10 cell areas, 2 of which were strictly used to house female detainees.  Facility had 1 padded cell which for high risk detainees who need additional supervision.  Jail had 2 maximum security cell areas which could hold a total of 4 men in a more restrictive setting.

Even if the old Livingston County Jail could be repaired and re-opened, we would not be able to hold female detainees due to standards and requirements for jail facilities and the design of the jail facility.  We would need 15 full time and 2 part time detention staff employees dedicated to only jail operations with 5 employees on during waking hours and 3 on during non-waking hours. 

Estimated costs today, September 01, 2022 to staff and operate the former jail facility for only male detainees would cost Livingston County an estimated annual budget of 1.4 million dollars. This does not include the costs of renovation or the costs of housing females elsewhere.  

To build a new 100-bed jail facility rough estimates are upwards of $14,000,000 million dollars or more with the costs of materials and inflation.  Even if the county had the land and were able to finance this over 30 years at 2% interest the annual payment on the facility alone would be approximately $621,000.  Currently Livingston County will spend about $750,000 on boarding prisoners in 2022, which is up from previous years due to daily rates having increased January 01, 2022 and additional detainees in custody.  This would push the annual costs of jail operations to well-over $2 Million Dollars annually as a new 100-bed jail would require even more employees dedicated to jail operations.

There is not much opportunity to gain revenue with a local jail in holding out-of-county prisoners in our area.  We would have to compete with Andrew County, Caldwell County, Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail, Harrison County, Macon County, and Randolph County for available detainees.  We would also be competing against these agencies and the Missouri Department of Corrections for employees.

Livingston County detainees were housed at the Daviess-Dekalb County Regional Jail located at 102 N. Meadows Lane, Pattonsburg, MO 64670 from December 31, 2012 until the last detainees were moved out on August 17, 2022 due to a variety of statutory and budget reasons.

You may determine where each detainee is currently housed by checking our website, and we list the jail facility on the same line where the charge is listed.  You may also go to  and follow the instructions and also register for updates. 

We now house detainees at the following locations:

Male Detainees primarily housed at:

Caldwell County Detention Center, 280 W. Main Street, Kingston, MO 64650, telephone number 816-586-5245, website:

Majority of female detainees housed at:

Randolph County Detention Center, 372 State Highway JJ, Huntsville, MO 65259, telephone number 660-277-4515, website:

Harrison County Detention Center, 1501 Central Street, Bethany, MO 64424, telephone number 660-425-3199 and website:

Macon County Jail, 101 E. Washington Street, Macon, MO 63552, telephone number 660-385-2062, website: 

Clinton County Jail, 207 N. Main Street, Plattsburg, MO 64477, telephone number 816-539-2156, website

These jail facilities are excellent and do an outstanding job with detainees.  Many of our detainees have even thanked us for now utilizing these other facilities. SC

These are pictures of the Livingston County Jail facility prior to being closed.


Padded Cell Restraint Chair
Exterior sally port Interior Sally Port booking room
jail paint pic 1 jail paint pic2

Former Jail Photos