Livingston County jail closes indefinitely

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. (AP) — A northwest Missouri county jail is closing immediately because of its poor conditions and a lack of money to fix it.

County commissioners say the Livingston County Jail in Chillicothe is closing immediately. Inmates are scheduled to be moved Wednesday to the Daviess/DeKalb County Regional Jail in Pattonsburg.

Sheriff Steve Cox says the 34-year-old jail has serious sewer issues that would be costly to repair. And he says five full-time detention officers at the jail are not enough to properly care for the prisoners and maintain security.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports (http://bit.ly/WqPB ) county commissioners also cited drop in state reimbursements, from nearly $160,000 per prisoner in 2010 to $110,000 in 2012.

Twenty-three inmates are housed in the 48-bed facility.

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Information from: St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press, http://www.stjoenews-press.com

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