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.

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Erie County NY Holding Center (ECHC) basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 716-858-7636

The Erie County NY Holding Center (ECHC) is a medium-security 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, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Buffalo Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

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

Erie County NY Holding Center (ECHC) publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in New York. Your search should start with this locator first to see if your loved one is there.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

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.

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Covid Visitation Information

As of March 18, 2020, registration and visitation rules have changed to protect inmates at Erie County NY Holding Center (ECHC) and their loved ones during the COVID-19 outbreak. At this time, there are no in-person visits for family and friends due to the COVID-19 situation. Video visitation is available; details can be found below or call 716-858-7636.


  • All visits through the video visitation system require the visitor to establish a user account.

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

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