Jail Management Division

The Erie County Holding Center (ECHC), located in Buffalo, New York, is a pretrial, maximum security detention facility. It is the second largest detention facility in New York State, outside of New York City. The ECHC has a capacity of housing 638 inmates remanded to the custody of the Sheriff of Erie County. It processes more than 20,000 inmates annually. The facility is a combination of pods and open bay construction and traditional linear type cells. Overflow inmates are housed at the Holding Center Annex at the Erie County Correctional Facility (ECCF).

Erie County Holding Center
   
 Erie County Correctional Facility   

The Erie County Correctional Facility (ECCF) is located in Alden, New York. And presently can hold approximately 884 inmates of various classifications. The facility is a combination of "New Generation Jail" pods and open bay construction.

The populations housed at the ECHC and ECCF include: non-arraigned, non-sentenced, sentenced and federal inmates. Males, females, and adolescents (those adolescents adjudicated as adults) are housed at both adult facilities.

The county system combines statistics (ECHC and ECCF) regarding average length of stay (LOS) at the jails: un-sentenced inmates have an LOS of 3 days while sentenced inmates have an LOS of 40 days.

Visiting hours at the ERIE COUNTY HOLDING CENTER are:

Monday

Visitation (Day Shift only)

Sign –Up 6:30 am until 11 am

• 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.                 

(closed from 12:00 – 1:00 for lockdown)

 Sign –Up 12:30 pm until 1:30 pm

 • 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.                           

  Tuesday through Thursday

 Visitation (Day and Afternoon Shift)

 Sign –Up 6:30 am until 11 am

• 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.                 

(closed from 12:00 – 1:00 for lockdown)

Sign –Up 12:30 pm until 1:30 pm

• 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. 

(closed from 2:30 – 3:30 for lockdown)

Sign –Up 3:00 until 4:30 pm

• 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.                           

(closed from 5:30 – 6:30 for lockdown)

Sign –Up 6:00 pm until 9:30 pm

• 6:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Visitation is closed

 

Visiting hours at the ERIE COUNTY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY are:

 

Monday 

Visitation (Day Shift only) 

Sign –Up 7:10 am until 11 am 

• 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

(closed from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 for lockdown) 

Sign –Up 12:15 pm until 2:00 pm 

• 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. 

Tuesday through Thursday 

Visitation (Day and Afternoon Shift) 

Sign –Up 7:10 am until 11 am 

• 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

(closed from 11:30 – 1:00 for lockdown) 

Sign –Up 12:15 pm until 2:00 pm 

• 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. 

(closed from 2:30 – 3:30 for lockdown) 

Sign –Up 3:15 until 4:15 pm 

• 3:30 – 5:15 p.m. 

(closed from 5:15 – 6:30 for lockdown) 

Sign –Up 6:00 pm until 9:30 pm 

• 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. 

Friday, Saturday and Sunday 

Visitation is closed

 

ALL VISITS AT BOTH FACILITIES WILL BE 1 HOUR VISITS ONLY

 

****LOBBY WILL BE CLOSED DURING LOCKDOWNS**** 

NOTE: Any person wishing to visit an inmate must present identification that can properly identify the visitor before being allowed a visit.  Acceptable identification provided is not contingent upon the expiration date of the document, only that the document provides reasonable proof as to the prospective visitor's identity.  

Acceptable forms of identification include: 

      • State Driver's License
      • State Non-Driver's License
      • Military Identification Card
      • Passport or Passport card
      • Social Services Card with picture

The Sheriff's Office provides medical and dental services to both the ECHC and ECCF through an arrangement with the Erie County Department of Health's Correctional Health Unit. The Division of Correctional Health ensures timely and appropriate medical care for incarcerated individuals. They provide access to medical providers, nursing care, medication and urgent treatment needs. They also serve as the referral source for mental health and dentistry. The Correctional Health Unit can be reached at 716-858-8688.

The Erie County Department of Mental Health Services, through the Adult Forensic Mental Health Clinic, is responsible for the behavioral, mental health services for both adult facilities.  The Mental Health Unit can be reached at 716-858-8095.