COLUMBIA — Most government records are open to the public at no charge. These records give citizens the opportunity to find out what’s going on, how their elected officials are spending tax dollars, how the various departments within a governmental entity work and other valuable information needed to make strong decisions for the future. Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public. For a complete list of Show Me the Records, go to columbiamissourian.com/records.
The records: The Boone County Sheriff's Department 07:00 incarceration report includes the following information about people jailed in the past 24 hours: the person's name and address, arrest information — the arresting agency, the bail amount and a reason if the person was released — including date and time, the reason the person was arrested, the relevant case number and other information.
Why you'd want them: These records allow you to stay aware of whom the sheriff's department arrests, on what charges and whether the incarcerated person lives near your neighborhood.
How much will it cost: The information is free.