The Adair County Detention Center is a county jail located in Northeast Missouri in the city of Kirksville, and is operated under the authority of the elected Adair County Sheriff and/or his/her designated Corrections Branch Director. This facility regularly houses state and local criminals and/or civil pre-trial and sentenced detainees/inmates. The responsibility of the Adair County Detention Center is to accept and keep safe and secure those accused of committing crimes for the due process of legal proceedings, as well as those ordered lawfully by a court of law to be confined or those sentenced by the court to serve their sentence in the county jail.

The Detention Center serves the community by housing inmates for Adair County, the City of Kirksville, Truman Department of Public Safety, as well as surrounding counties and agencies.



The facility consists of a secure central control room surrounded by an intake processing area, holding cells, four housing units, indoor exercise yard, three visitation rooms and a medical room. The facility also has a laundry room, and full-service kitchen.


The Adair County Sheriff’s Office maintains contracts to provide health care to any inmate housed in the detention center by having an on-site nurse, regular physician visits and pharmacy services. Health services are provided regardless of an inmate’s ability to pay or re-pay the cost. All inmate meals are prepared on-site in the facility’s full-service kitchen by contracted kitchen personnel. Laundry service is also done on-site by jail staff members.