Jail Management Division



Erie County Holding Center (ECHC)

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 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.

In-Person Visitation - Suspended

The suspension of in-person visits is extended to August 18. 
These suspensions are due to a recent spike in Covid cases.

Erie County Holding Center in-person visiting schedule 

Doors open at 7:30 a.m., and visits are 30 minutes long starting at 8:00 a.m. Visitors will be let in 30 minutes before the visit and must be signed in 10 minutes before the hour.

Tuesday & Wednesday –

1st session 8:00; 
2nd session 9:00 a.m.; 
3rd session 10:00 a.m.; 
Lobby is closed from 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 
4th session 1:00 p.m.; 
5th session 2:00 p.m.; 
Lobby is closed from 2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.;
6th session 4:00 p.m.; 
7th session 5:00 p.m.; 
Lobby is closed from 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.;
8th session 7:00 p.m.: 
9th session 8:00 p.m.;
10th session 9:00 p.m.;
11th session 10:00 p.m.


1st session 8:00 a.m.; 
2nd session 9:00 a.m.; 
3rd session 10:00 a.m.; 
4th session 11:00 a.m.; 
Lobby is closed from 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.;
5th session 1:00 p.m.;
6th session 2:00 p.m.

There are no visits on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Erie County Correctional Facility in-person visiting schedule


1st session 7:30 a.m.-Noon; 
2nd session 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Wednesday & Thursday –

1st session 7:30 a.m.-Noon; 
2nd session 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.; 
3rd session 3:30 p.m.-5:15 p.m.; 
4th session 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Video Visitation

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, and 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.

Record Keeping and Reporting 7076.7(b)

(c) Each facility shall publish monthly reports on its website, with semi[1]annual and annual cumulative reports, of the total number of people who are in segregated confinement on the first day of each month. The reports shall provide a breakdown of the number of people in segregated confinement.

Addiction & Mental Health Resources

For free addiction resources please visit: www.addictions.com

For Mental Health Support please visit: https://www3.erie.gov/mentalhealth/behavioral-health-resource-library-disaster-preparedness


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