Erie County NY Holding Center (ECHC)

County Jail

Last Updated: December 02, 2021
40 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202

Erie Co Holding Center is for County Jail offenders sentenced up to twenty four months.

All prisons and jails have Security or Custody levels depending on the inmate’s classification, sentence, and criminal history. Please review the rules and regulations for County - medium facility.

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If you are unsure of your inmate's location, you can search and locate your inmate by typing in their last name, first name or first initial, and/or the offender ID number to get their accurate information immediately Registered Offenders

Satellite View of Erie County NY Holding Center (ECHC)

You can support your loved ones at Erie Co Holding Center on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 716-858-7636.

When someone you care about gets locked up, it's tough to figure out all the ins and outs of jail life. From sending mail to visiting, there are a lot of things to sort out. And getting info about the arrest? Not always easy. That's where this webpage comes in handy. It's here to help you get a handle on how things work at Erie County NY Holding Center (ECHC) so you can stay connected and support your loved one behind bars.

The Erie Co Holding Center is a detention center located at 40 Delaware Ave Buffalo, NY which is operated locally by the Erie County Sheriff's Office and holds inmates awaiting trial or sentencing or both. Most of the sentenced inmates are here for less than two years. Erie County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, Buffalo Police Department, and the US Marshal's Service.

New detainees arrive at the jail regularly, with some being released on bail, placed under pretrial services caseloads, supervised by probation agencies, or released on recognizance with a court appearance agreement. Those who are not released await their court appearances at the jail, receiving accommodations including bedding and meals. You can see all the arrest records for New York here.

The ECHC, 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 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.

Inmate Locator

To utilize the Inmate Search page on InmateAid, begin by selecting the relevant prison facility in New York. This allows you to view the current list of inmates housed at Erie County NY Holding Center (ECHC).

The second section features the InmateAid Inmate Search tool, providing a user-generated database of inmates. You can access this resource to utilize any of InmateAid's services. If you require assistance in creating an inmate profile to maintain communication, please contact us at, and we'll gladly help you locate your loved one.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason, they charge to access it.

Visitation Information

Erie County NY Holding Center (ECHC) - Visitation

Visiting Hours - Monday to Thursday as follows:


Sign–Up 6:30 am until 10:45 am
7:30 am – 11:45 am (closed from 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm for lockdown)
Sign–Up 12:30 pm until 1:30 pm
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (closed at 2:30 pm)

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday:

Sign-Up 6:30 am until 10:45 am
7:30 am – 11:45 am (closed from 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm for lockdown)
Sign–Up 12:30 pm until 1:30 pm
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (closed from 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm for lockdown)
Sign–Up 3:00 until 4:15 pm
3:30 pm – 5:15 pm (closed from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm for lockdown)
Sign–Up 6:00 pm until 9:30 pm
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm (closed at 10:30 pm)



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

Ask The Inmate

Ask a former inmate questions at no charge. The inmate answering has spent considerable time in the federal prison system, state and county jails, and in a prison that was run by the private prison entity CCA. Ask your question or browse previous questions in response to comments or further questions of members of the InmateAid community.