Montgomery County Jail

Montgomery County Jail Information

Overview of Montgomery County Jail

The Montgomery County Jail (MCJ) in Montgomery City, Missouri first opened its doors in 1997 and has been owned and operated by the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office ever since. This medium-security detention facility has a long-standing partnership with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), housing immigration detainees since 1998 under an agreement with ICE's Field Office in Chicago. 

With a capacity to hold around 300 detainees, MCJ runs its operations in alignment with the ICE National Detention Standards updated in 2019. ICE has assigned deportation officers to work on-site at the jail. While the MCJ administrator oversees daily operations, the facility relies on support from personnel as well as contracted services like Consolidated Food for meals, TurnKey Corrections for commissary needs, and Advanced Correctional Healthcare for medical services.

## Booking and Intake Process

When an individual first becomes incarcerated at Montgomery County Jail, they go through a thorough booking and intake process. Approximately 1,500 detainees are booked into the jail every year. 

The booking procedure starts with fingerprinting each new arrival using a LiveScan system that connects directly to the fingerprint records maintained by the Missouri Highway Patrol headquarters in Jefferson City. This technology has been utilized at MCJ since 2006 for greater efficiency and accuracy in identifying detainees.

In addition to fingerprinting, photographs are taken of each incoming detainee and linked to their file in the jail management system. The current digital photo system was implemented at MCJ in 2007.

During intake, detainees are provided access to a telephone so they can call family members or a bondsman to arrange for release from the jail if possible. If the individual is not able to post bond and secure their release, jail staff will initiate a complete medical questionnaire, mental health assessment, and classification process.

Factors like security risk level and special needs are considered during classification to determine the appropriate housing unit assignment within the general population. 

## Housing Units and Living Conditions 

The Montgomery County Jail has a total of six housing units - four for male detainees, one for female detainees, and one for trustee status detainees. 

Once classified and assigned to a housing unit, detainees gain access to phones, commissary ordering through kiosks, recreation time, and other resources. Housing units are also equipped with kiosks that allow detainees to send and receive messages, submit requests and grievances, and access services digitally.

The jail aims to provide safe, secure, and humane living conditions for the detainee population. Basic necessities like medical care, recreation time, religious services, and visitation help maintain quality of life during incarceration.

## Visitation Policies and Schedule

In order to maintain security and orderly operations, Montgomery County Jail has established visitation policies that visitors must adhere to. All visitors age 12 and older must present a valid government-issued photo ID. 

Visitors are prohibited from bringing in any electronic devices, bags, purses, coats, or other personal items. Lockers are provided to securely store these belongings or visitors may opt to return items to their vehicle before entering.

Additionally, all individuals entering the jail are subject to search of both their person and possessions. Refusal may result in revoked visitation privileges. The jail also enforces a dress code policy during visitation.

The current visitation schedule allows both in-person visitation and access to video visitation:

* Male Detainees:
  * Saturday: 9:00am - 12:00pm and 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  * Sunday: 9:00am - 12:00pm and 1:00pm - 4:00pm
* Female Detainees
  * Saturday: 5:30pm - 8:00pm
  * Sunday: 5:30pm - 8:00pm
* Video Visitation
  * Available daily from 7:00am - 10:45pm both onsite and remotely
In-person visits are limited to 30 minutes each. Video visits have no time limit.

## Communication with Inmates 

Friends, family, and legal counsel have several options for communicating with individuals incarcerated at Montgomery County Jail.

Sending traditional mail through the postal service is permitted with no restrictions on amount of mail. All incoming mail must include a return address with sender's full name. No postage, envelopes, checks, or money orders can be included in mail sent to detainees. Sexually explicit materials are also prohibited.

Money can be deposited into a detainee's account via the kiosks located in the jail lobby or remotely by creating an account on Funds from this account can be used for commissary, phone calls, and other services.

The inmate kiosks and website also allow the general public to exchange electronic messages, photos, and video chats after setting up a user account. These platforms enable more frequent communication at low cost.

## Booking and Release Procedures

To check if an individual is currently detained at Montgomery County Jail, friends and family have a couple options. They can call the jail administrators at 573-564-8086 for information. They can also look up the Weekly Booking Report online or by using the MCSO Sheriff mobile app.

Upon release from the jail, detainees undergo a release process including returning personal property and funds. Property like clothing can be released to family and friends with proper paperwork. Remaining money is placed on a debit card provided to the detainee.

The jail staff strive to make the intake, housing, visitation, and release procedures as smooth as possible for detainees and their loved ones. Keeping lines of communication open is a priority at Montgomery County Jail.

# Conclusion

With almost 25 years of experience housing detainees, Montgomery County Jail has developed efficient systems and procedures guided by national standards. Collaborating with ICE and various contracted providers allows the jail administrators to focus on security and quality of life. Understanding the booking, visitation, housing, and release policies at MCJ can help families navigate the incarceration process. With emphasis on safety, communication, and humane treatment, MCJ aims to serve Montgomery County with accountability and compassion.

# Frequently Asked Questions

**What are the visa and passport requirements to visit someone at Montgomery County Jail?**

Visitors are required to present a valid, government-issued photo ID such as a driver's license or passport. Immigration/visa status is not checked or verified for visitation purposes.

**Can I call an inmate at Montgomery County Jail?** 

No, inmates are not permitted to receive incoming calls. You can deposit money in their account to allow them to initiate phone calls or communicate through the kiosk messaging system.

**How do I find an inmate's booking number or ID number?**

An inmate's booking number can be found by looking up their name in the Weekly Booking Report available on the jail's website or mobile app. You can also call the jail administrators. 

**Can I send an inmate money online?**

Yes, you can deposit funds into an inmate's account by going to, creating an account, and selecting options to credit their account. Fees may apply.

**What items can I mail an inmate?**

You can mail paper letters, photos, magazines, and books (except sexually explicit material). No envelopes, stamps, checks, or money orders permitted. All mail is opened and inspected.

Phone: 314-539-2132

Physical Address:
Montgomery County Jail
211 East Main
Montgomery City, MO 63361

Mailing Address (personal mail):
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Montgomery County Jail
211 East Main
Montgomery City, MO 63361

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How Do You Find Someone in the Montgomery County Jail?

How to Find Someone in the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detainee Locator

When someone that is not a US Citizen gets arrested in the United States, and they are here illegally, depending on what state or city they are arrested in, the person may be turned over to ICE. 

Many states such as New York and California, as well as hundreds of US cities, have declared themselves 'sanctuary cities' and do not turn over foreigners here illegally, even if they are committing crimes in their jurisdiction.

However, when an alien here illegally is turned over to ICE, and sent to one of the over 100 Immigration Detention Centers in the United States, the only way to try and locate where they are being detained is using the Online Detainee Locator System.

There are two ways to search for an ICE Detainee:

You can look them up using their assigned A-Number.

  • An A-Number is a 9-digit number that either looks like this: A-123456789, or like this 123-456-789. This is required if you do not know their name.
    It is also called a Registration Number when on a visa, or a USCIS# when on a Green Card.
    If for whatever reason the A-Number you have does not have 9-digits, you need to add 0s (zeroes) to the front of the number until the number has 9-digits.

    That number might then look like this:  001234567.

You can also try and look them up by using their name.

  • In order for this to be effective, you need to have the exact name that is either on their paperwork, or the the name with the exact spelling that they gave ICE. This is required.
  • You also need to know the country of their birth, or the country of their birth that they gave ICE. This is required.
  • Knowing their Date of Birth is helpful but not required to find them in the system.

Important things to know about using the ICE Detainee Locator

  • You do not need to set up an account to use the Detainee Locator System.
  • A-Number stands for 'Alien Registration Number'.
  • The System does not have information on all detainees in custody.
  • Juvenile names are NOT in the System.
  • The Detainee Locator System is updated every 8 hours, sometimes sooner.
  • If the detainee is being moved to a new facility, the new location will not be shown until they have arrived and are processed. 
  • No warnings or prior notice are given in advance of a detainee being moved.
  • While being transferred to a different facility they may still be shown online as being in the original facility.
  • If you are planning a visit, always call before you come to confirm the detainee is still at the facility and has not been moved.
  • To visit a detainee you must have some type of government issued photo ID, or other identification when photo identification is unavailable for religious reasons.
  • If you are unable to find the detainee using the System, contact the ICE Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in the area where you believe the person's immigration case was initiated or the Detainee Reporting and Information Line (DRIL) at 888-351-4024.

Pamphlets in various languages with Instructions on how to use the Online Detainee Locator System:

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Understanding US Immigration and Customs Enforcement

What is an ICE Detention Center?

Men, women, and children that are in the United States illegally and are apprehended by the US Border Patrol or ICE will most likely be placed in removal proceedings and may be detained in one of the more than 200 jails and detention centers that make up ICE’s detention system.

Many of the illegal immigrants that are detained are held in county and local jails that contract with ICE to detain immigrants. The rest are held in dedicated immigration detention facilities run by ICE or contracted to private prison corporations, including family detention centers that hold mothers and children.

What Determines if an Illegal Immigrant gets Detained?

ICE will typically detain an immigrant because DHS (Homeland Security) believes that an illegal immigrant is either a “flight risk” and may move to another location within the U.S. or that they pose a public safety threat. Detaining the person allows the government to guarantee that the person will show up for their hearing before an Immigration Court.

Some of the reasons that causes an illegal immigrant to get arrested and held in detention prior to their day in court is as follows:

The illegal immigrant has:

  • committed a crime, or multiple crimes
  • arrived at the border without a visa prior to formally applying for asylum or refugee status
  • an outstanding removal (deportation) order on record, either pending or past due, or
  • missed prior immigration hearing dates.


How do you find someone that is in an ICE Detention Center?

The first step to finding out if an illegal immigrant is in ICE or DHS custody is by using the ICE Detainee Locator.

It’s easier to find the person if you have an Alien Number (A#), if one exists. A green card or work permit will show this number. If you don’t have an A# the person is much more difficult to locate.

The information you will need is as follows:

  • the person’s full name as it appears in the ICE System. The exact spelling and the order of how the name is listed is required.
  • the person’s date of birth
  • the person’s country of birth

If you are having difficulty, try different spellings and the order of how the name is listed.

If the illegal immigrant was only recently detained, the ICE Detainee Locator may not be updated with the latest information. Keep in mind that ICE does not give information (online or over the phone) for people under 18 years of age. In such cases, you can only get information on them from the ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations field office nearest you.

If the person you are looking for is not in an ICE Detention Center, they may have been taken to a local jail that contracts with ICE, so contact their local City and County Jail, all which can be found here.

Another option, short of the expense of hiring an Immigration Lawyer, is to go to this website and use their online form to get their help.

Once an illegal immigrant is located and you find out the facility where they are being held you need to find out the Deportation Officer that has been assigned to their case. The Officer can tell you how to call or visit the detainee, or pay for the detainee to be able to call you, or how you can send any needed items such as clothing, prescriptions, etc.

The last option, and the most expensive, is to hire an experienced immigration attorney to assist you in tracking down the Deportation Officer. If the person being detained requires specific medical care, an attorney can ensure that they receive that care.

If the detained illegal immigrant has been deported from America previously or has an outstanding removal order - in which case they have no right to see an immigration judge - they can be removed within a few days, or even hours, of the initial arrest.

Even if the government does not immediately remove the person, it is possible that they can be moved around to different Detention Centers. There is never a warning that a person is being moved around and during the transfer there is a complete blackout of any information.

How long are people held in ICE Immigration Detention Centers?

The time that an illegal immigrant is held in an ICE Detention Center can vary. It all depends on several factors such as the individual’s personal situation, criminal record, the severity of the crime they are being charged with, previous deportations and the current caseload that the Detention Center is dealing with.

This image portrays the most recent data available on the time a detained illegal immigrant remains in custody before their release and/or deportation.

Can you visit someone in ICE Detention Centers?

The short answer is yes. The person visiting an illegal immigrant in an ICE Detention Center must be lawfully present in the United States. In other words the visitor must have some form of currently valid immigration status at the time of the visit. A detention center or jail will not allow the visit unless visitor can show valid I.D. and offer proof that they are lawfully in the United States.

If you want to become a volunteer that visits illegal immigrants in order to offer emotional support, it may be possible. You can join one of these visitation networks by going here and contacting the network in your area.

What crimes can cause an illegal immigrant to be deported?

(The following information comes from, a trusted legal resource)

  • Conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude (see list). This includes any attempt or conspiracy to commit such a crime. It does not include crimes that were committed that the illegal immigrant committed when they were under the age of 18 years, however the person must have been released from jail more than five years before applying for a visa or other immigration benefit. It also does not include crimes for which the maximum penalty did not exceed one year in prison and the person was not, in fact, sentenced to more than six months in prison.
  • Conviction or admission of a controlled substance violation, whether under U.S. or foreign law. This includes any conspiracy to commit such a crime.
  • Convictions for two or more crimes (other than purely political ones) for which the prison sentences totaled at least five years. This multiple-offense ground of inadmissibility applies whether or not the convictions came from a single trial and whether or not the offenses arose from a single scheme of misconduct or involved moral turpitude.
  • Conviction of or participation in (according to the reasonable belief of the U.S. government) controlled substance trafficking. This includes anyone who knowingly aided, abetted, assisted, conspired, or colluded in illicit drug trafficking. It also includes the spouse, son, or daughter of the inadmissible applicant if that person has, within the last five years, received any financial or other benefit from the illicit activities, and knew or reasonably should have known where the money or benefit came from.
  • Having the purpose of engaging in prostitution or commercialized vice upon coming to the United States, or a history, within the previous ten years, of having engaged in prostitution.
  • Procurement or attempted procurement or importation of prostitutes, directly or indirectly, or receipt of proceeds of prostitution, any of which occurred within the previous ten years.
  • Assertion of immunity from prosecution after committing a serious criminal offense in the U.S., if the person was thus able to depart the U.S. and has not since submitted fully to the jurisdiction of the relevant U.S. Court.
  • Commission of particularly severe violations of religious freedom while serving as a foreign government official.
  • Commission of or conspiracy to commit human trafficking offenses, within or outside the U.S., or being a knowing aider, abettor, assister, conspirator, or colluder with such a trafficker according to the knowledge or reasonable belief of the U.S. government. Also inadmissible are the spouse, son, or daughter the applicant if they, within the previous five years (but when older than children), received financial or other benefits from the illicit activity and knew or reasonably should have known that the money or other benefit came from the illicit activity.
  • Conviction of an aggravated felony, if the person was removed from the U.S. and seeks to return (this ground of inadmissibility lasts for 20 years)
  • Seeking to enter the U.S. to engage in money laundering, or a history of having laundered money, or having been (according to the knowledge of the U.S. government) a knowing aider, abettor, assister, conspirator, or colluder with money launderers.

These are the straightforward crimes that are mentioned in the immigration law. The statute also lists a number of security violations, such as involvement in espionage, sabotage, terrorism, Nazi persecution, totalitarian parties, and so forth.

Once an illegal immigrant is deported, how long before they can come back to the United States?

If an illegal immigrant has a deportation or removal order in their immigration file, it's possible that they won’t be allowed to enter the U.S. for five, ten, or even 20 years.

The applicable law comes from Section 212 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (I.N.A.).

Five-Year Ban: If they were summarily removed or deported upon arrival at a U.S. port of entry because they were found inadmissible, or if they came to the U.S. but were immediately put into removal proceedings and then removed or deported, they may be ineligible to return to the U.S. for five years. The five-year ban also applies if they failed to show up for their removal hearing in the United States.

Ten-Year Ban: If a ‘removal order’ was issued at the conclusion of their removal hearing in Immigration Court, they may not be able to return for ten years after their removal or departure.

Twenty-Year Ban: If they were convicted of an aggravated felony or have received more than one order of removal, they are barred from returning to the U.S. for 20 years. And if they entered without permission after having been removed, or illegally reentered the U.S. after having previously been in the U.S. unlawfully for more than one year, they may be barred from entering the United States for 20 years or permanently.

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This facility, known as "Montgomery County Jail" is also known as ICE Detention Facility, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.