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Visitation : Barry County Jail near Monett MO

The Barry County Jail Administrator is Jan Smith. In 2001 she began her career at the Sheriff’s Office in the office as the Civil Process clerk and one of Sheriff Mick Epperly’s secretaries. In 2003, she was promoted to the Jail Administrator position. Jan has attended multiple training conferences and classes. She has also attended the Jail Administrator’s training conducted by the National Institute of Corrections (an agency within the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons) in both Longmont Colorado and Adair County Missouri.


The first known jail was located in the McDowell area. The jail was a log building with an opening on the roof. A ladder was used to put the inmates in & get them out. Food and water was lowered by a bucket and rope.

Before the courthouse burned down, the jail was located on the 3rd story. After the fire, it was not moved back into the courthouse that now exists.



The Jail employs 11 Correctional Officers aka Jailers. This allows for a minimum of 2 per shift. This increases the safety and well being for both the Jailers and inmates.

All meals are prepared at the jail.

The jail is operated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.




Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


SUNDAY:   Opened for Visitation only

With the exception of phone cards and post cards – all other drop-offs are no longer accepted.  Most items can be purchased by the inmate through their commissary account.

Phone cards can be purchased during lobby hours.  You may also mail a money order in the exact amount of the number of phone cards that you wish to purchase.  Mail it to:  Barry County Jail, 505 East St., Cassville, MO 65625 c/o inmate’s name.   Once they are processed, they will be delivered to the inmate and a receipt for the purchase will be placed in their personal property.   Phone cards are $10 each for an 18 minute card. 

Pre-stamped post cards have to be purchased through the Post Office.

If you need assistance from a deputy when the lobby is closed, call 911 non-emergency at 847-4911

If you need assistance or have questions from the jail when the lobby is closed, please call 847-346


Emma Agans is the Reception Supervisor and oversees the Sex Offender Registrations.

Becky Privett is in charge of the kitchen and food service for the inmates. She and her assistant, Reba Shrum prepares all meals for the inmates. On an average, they prepare and serve over 56,628 meals in a year’s time.

The jail staff consists of 1 Assistant Jail Administrator, 1 Senior Correctional Officer, 6 Correctional Officers, 1 full time Receptionist/Correctional Officers,  1 kitchen supervisor/cook, and 1 part time cook.