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).



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 the 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.
EFFECTIVE: 11/14/2020
SUBJECT: In-Person Visitation Suspended
·        Erie County Holding Center: in-person visitation suspended
·        Erie County Correctional Facility: in-person visitation suspended'

Due to the recent spike in Covid-19 in Erie County, along with the designation of Erie County as a "Yellow Precautionary Zone" by New York State, and in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer, in-person visitation at the Holding Center and Correctional Facility will be suspended effective Saturday 11/14/20 and until further notice.
Erie County Holding Center / Erie County Correctional Facility


Please visit this webpage for any updates concerning the status of onsite Visitation at the Erie County Holding Center and the Erie County Correctional Facility.

The Sheriff's Office provides medical and dental services to both the ECHC and ECCF through the Erie County Sheriff's Office Correctional Health Unit. The Correctional Health Unit 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 716-858-8931.

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.

The Erie County Sheriff's Office now has a tip line for PREA (Prisoners Rape Elimination Act) it is 716-858-8176,  This confidential line can be used to report sexual abuse or harassment. Calls will be accepted from inmates and/or the general public. Please have the following information available: name and status of victim, name and status of suspect, date and time of the incident, the specific location of the incident, and description of the alleged conduct.