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Buffalo Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 300
Alden, New York 14004
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The Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden, New York is a medium security facility which presently can hold 1070 inmates of various classifications. The facility is a combination of "New Generation Jail" pods and open bay construction. This style facility has been found to be safer for both staff and inmates.
The facility maintains several programs to enhance rehabilitation. There is a full-time school program maintained by the Alden School District, which assists inmates in attaining an education, which will assist them after release.
The Erie County Correctional Facility also serves as a "safety valve" for the Erie County Holding Center, when that facility reaches capacity. The facility also holds parole violators for the State of New York prior to final hearings for re-incarceration in state facilities.
The Erie County Correctional Facility "Horticulture Program" is a crown jewel of various facility programs. Inmates grow plants from seed, which are then used for beautification projects throughout Erie County. The program also produces some 6000 bales of hay for the Buffalo/Erie County Zoo, which is used as food and bedding for animals. Hay is also used for various park projects and fire training.
Some of the services offered to the inmates in the facilities include:
religious services and their related Bible study classes,
indoor and outdoor recreation facilities,
medical and health related services, and
mental health services. What are the visiting Hours for the Erie County Correctional Facility, Broadway, Alden, New York
The general information number for the correctional facility is (716) 937-9101
Address mail to the inmate you wish to write to. Use the inmate's full name and include any middle initial. Send mail to the above address.
To Facilitate Admission Processing & Record Keeping:
NEW ADMISSION INMATES WILL NOT BE AUTHORIZED A VISIT, ACCOUNT DEPOSIT OR PACKAGE UNTIL THE DAY AFTER ADMISSION
Visiting Sign-In Times
Saturday to Wednesday Morning 8:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Afternoon 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Closed Thursday & Friday
Saturday to Wednesday Morning 8:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Afternoon 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Closed Thursday & Friday
INMATES WHO DO NOT GET THE FULL HOUR OF VISITING IN THE MORNING PERIOD WILL BE ALLOWED TO RETURN TO THE START OF THE AFTERNOON PERIOD FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE TIME. THOSE INMATES SHALL BE GIVEN FIRST PRIORITY AT THE START OF THE AFTERNOON PERIOD.
YOU MUST HAVE PROPER IDENTIFICATION TO VISIT
Proper ID is:
Either picture ID which includes your current address or Picture ID and two (2) other forms of ID, which includes your current address.
Only those items on the approved package list will be accepted for inmates at visiting without prior approval from the facility (see allowable packages below)
Effective May 7, 2001 - Drop off Packages Only
Pursuant to section 205.25 of the New York Penal Law, it is a Class "D" Felony tp promote prison contraband. "Contraband" is defined as any item, article, or thing, which an inmate is prohibited from obtaining or possessing by statute, rule, regulation or order.
PROMOTION OF PRISON CONTRABAND WILL BE PROSECUTED
SENTENCED INMATES - ALLOWABLE PACKAGE ITEMS
* Beard trimmer/electric shaver-battery operated only
* Contact Lenses w/Case - Prescription only - limit 1 pair
* Dentures w/Case
* Denture Cleaner - limit 2 - NO tubes
* Denture Adhesive - limit 2
* Eyeglasses w/case - prescription only - NO sunglasses
* Eye shadow - new only - Females only - No mirrors - limit 1
* Hair care Products - NO tubes - new only - limit 4
NO ITEMS WITH LYE OR ALCOHOL
* Lipstick - Females only - new only - limit 1
* Nightgowns/Pajamas - female only - cotton flannel,
colors or prints - limit 1
* Religious Articles - cross, medallions, etc.- medallion value must be less than $15.00
* Shoes - low quarter - limit 1 pair
* Shower Thongs - limit 1 pair
* Slipper/House shoe - limit 1 pair
* Sneakers/basketball shoes - limit 1 pair
* Thermal Underwear - Limit 1 set
Underwear - all types white only - No logos - MUST BE CLEAN
FEMALES: 4 BRAS, 6 PANTIES, 6 T-SHIRTS, 6 PAIR SOCKS
MALES: 6 briefs, 6 t-shirts, 6 pair socks
UNSENTENCED INMATES - ALLOWABLE PACKAGE ITEMS
* 6 pair socks - no logos, white only
* 6 briefs - no logos, no pockets, white only
* 6 T-shirts - no logos, no pockets, white only
* Religious Articles
Photos - no Polaroid/instant - limit 10
Money for inmates will be accepted at the visiting sign-in window or it may be sent through the mail. Cash or money orders only. No personal checks will be accepted. Note: Holding Center does not accept cash.
* NO CANS, AEROSOL OR GLASS CONTAINERS.
* ITEMS NOT ON THIS LIST AND/OR OVER THE SET LIMITS WILL BE REJECTED.
* PACKAGES FOR INMATES ON KEEPLOCK STATUS WILL BE HELD UNTIL COMPLETION OF SANCTION.
* NO FOOD ITEMS ALLOWED. ONE(1) "DROP OFF" PACKAGE ALLOWED PER INMATE, FROM MONDAY TO SUNDAY.
* ITEMS ARE LIMITED TO FILLING A STANDARD PAPER GROCERY BAG.
Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Program
The Greater Buffalo Council on alcoholism and Substance Abuse receives referrals from the Classification Unit of the County Holding Center and Correctional Facility.
Inmates referred are interviewed, by an education/referral specialist from the Council, to determine if there was any relationship between alcohol and/or other substances and the arrest. After the assessment is complete, the specialist sends a status report to the judge defining whether the inmate does or does not have a drug problem.
Programs and Support Services
A commissary service is available to all inmates housed in the Erie County Holding Center and the Erie County Correctional Facility who have money in their accounts or are eligible for Good Conduct/Welfare Commissary.
Recreation is a state-mandated program designed to reduce/alleviate any mounting tensions or anxiety in the inmates.
The Holding Center and Correctional Facility has several areas where inmates can participate in recreational activities, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m..
Inmate Visiting Area
Contact Visits are mandated by the New York State Constitution as a right to all pre-trial detainees. For information regarding visiting hours see Frequently Asked Questions Section.
Public Library/Law Library
Library services are available to all inmates. Staffed by deputies and civilian employees from the Erie County Public Library System and two inmate trusties, the Library supplies materials for pleasure reading and in-house legal research.
The Law Library Program borrows legal materials from the University of Buffalo Law School Library, at no additional cost to the Sheriff's Office, through the Western New York Resource Counsel Inter-Loan System.
The trustee Program is a structured program within the facilities where inmates have the opportunity to work in the facilities for compensation.
A voluntary program, candidates are canvassed to determine those who want to perform duties and are selected based on their:
behavioral history, criminal history(evidence of violence will eliminate an inmate from the selection process), and
mental and medical health.After the selection process is completed, inmates are then assigned to various duties and areas of the facility.
Haircutting for inmates in the Holding Center and Correctional Facility is done on Mondays and Wednesdays of each week and, if necessary, on Tuesdays and Thursdays to complete the galleries.
Classification of Inmates
Classification Officers determine the housing status of an inmate, based on an individual's behavior, and document the behavior throughout the duration of the inmate's incarceration.
Inmates are classified, either podular or linear, to ensure the safety of the individual and others while in custody.
The kitchen provides three meals a day for all inmates, one of, which is a hot meal complying with the Commission of Correction standards.
Meals are taken to the housing areas in hot/cold food carts and, to ensure proper sanitary conditions, disposable plastic serving items (cutlery, cups, plates, bowls) are used.
Records And Booking
The records and booking staff maintain a Commitment File on each inmate that enters the Holding Center and Correctional Facility.
Analysts have able to devise a foolproof system that will prevent individuals from being entered into the system under two different names.
The Transportation Unit is responsible for the safe and secure movement of inmates remanded to the custody of the Sheriff.
Personnel assigned to this Unit:
Transport inmates to and from Buffalo City Court.
Escort inmates to and from County and Supreme Court.
Transport inmates to and from the Erie County Medical Center.Maintenance Department
The Maintenance Department of the County Holding Center and the Correctional Facility is responsible for the maintenance and cleanliness of the Holding Center and Correctional Facility. Maintenance staff at the Holding Center is also responsible for the Sheriff's Administrative Office at Ten Delaware and the Grand Island Substation.
Disinfects inmate-housing units, when requested by Medical.
Cleans up broken glass and blood spills.
Loads and unloads trucks
Delivers supplies to housing areas.
Fixes Television cables
Assists with the design and manufacture of needed items (shelving, wall units, etc.).
Maintains the storage area of the facility, which includes storing and retrieving of Holding Center records.
Picks up and delivers printing.
Shovels and salts stairs and walkways in front of ten and Forty Delaware Ave.
Packs cardboard for recycling Pickup.
Sets up and takes down the Contact Visitation Room for Sheriff's Office functions.Erie County Medical Center Lock-up
Inmates, remanded to the custody of the Sheriff's Office, who must be confined to a hospital bed, are admitted to the Erie County Medical Center and housed in a specially dedicated area of the hospital- a "lockup" area.
In this way the inmates can receive appropriate medical attention when it is needed, and the safety and security of inmates is secured.
The deputies are assigned in pairs- one female and one male- each of the three shifts.
The Lockup area is used, courtesy of the Sheriff's office, by other agencies:
Erie County Correctional Facility
Buffalo Police department
United States Marshals
local and county police departmentsInmate Education Program
The Inmate Education Department at the Erie County Holding Center and the Correctional Facility offers a comprehensive program through high school graduation level.
Day and night classes are available and include a wide range of instruction. These programs are:
GED courses and testing
Basic Computer Instruction
English as a Second language
remedial reading and Writing
Life Skills- Job CounselingThe program is funded from the New York State Department of Education/Incarcerated Education program. Originally created for those inmates 16-21 years of age, it has been expanded to include those over 21 who are eligible for services.