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.

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.