Erie County Correctional Facility – Alden, NY

Erie County Correctional Facility is located in Erie County, New York and is the jail for that area. Do you know somebody in jail at Erie County Correctional Facility? This site will tell you about everything one might want to know about Erie County Correctional Facility,such as: Find out who’s in jail at Erie County Correctional Facility? Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures and booking. Court records. And much, much more.

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The chance of going to jail is a scary idea, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also their friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give you all the information and tips that you need to make the process a lot easier. If you have questions, feel free to ask it, and please leave any comments or tips that might help others would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Erie County Correctional Facility
11581 Walden Avenue
Alden, NY 14004

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (716) 937-9101
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is in jail and need to contact them?

Do you know a family member or friend who has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?

In order to see who’s in jail at Erie County Correctional Facility you should navigate to their website and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Erie County Correctional Facility Inmate List has information on people who have been arrested and are in custody, including custody status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. You can also find information for anybody arrested and booked or released in the past 24 hour period. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You can get their arrest information more quickly if you enter the arrestee’s name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for might be locked up at a different jail you should check our guide to other New York jails: New York County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail booking picture, is the picture taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. They will take one frontal photo and a profile picture. Your name and intake number will be in the pictures, and they will be on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be found online, or you can see them at the Erie County Correctional Facility. When viewing online you have to enter their full name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot removed from the Erie County Correctional Facility website? This may not be possible, since the mugshot is a matter of public record. You need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that your arrest record would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the various mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you’re locked up, your primary thought is about how to get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail is decided by a special judge called a magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you are required to promise to show up for court, and until that date you are not allowed to leave the area.

In most cases, an inmate at Erie County Correctional Facility will be given early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while they are in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. You will either have to stay jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you might be allowed to move into a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay to get out of jail until your trial. The amount you have to pay is dictated by the seriousness of your charges. You will have to post 10 percent of the total that was set in order for you to get out of jail. If you don’t go to court, whoever posted your bail won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they will let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Erie County Correctional Facility site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is no fun, but usually, it’s very simple to do. First of all, find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you won’t be able to get a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail won’t take checks. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will be released into your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should try a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and in most cases with a minimum of $100. This will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will in most cases use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.

To contact a bail bondsman click here: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever hired a bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If you have, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure takes you through these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • Firstly, you will have to answer some basic questions, such as your legal name, address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will get to use the phone to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might get to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If you have, you should tell your story. How long did you have to wait? How did the guards treat you? Do you know any secrets that might help others make it through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get discharged from jail. The discharge process can take anywhere between 10 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the faster bail is posted, the quicker you will get discharged from jail. It also will depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the magistrate has to figure out the bail amount. For minor charges, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the release date, you should plan to get discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you need to start your sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go down to the jail intake center, and let them know that you think they might have an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. A record check will be run, and if they verify that you have one, you will be taken into jail custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be sure that you don’t show up late. Just bring required items with you, for example a driver’s license or even state issued ID, prescription medication, and the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to list each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance. Your visitors will go in a log of approved visitors for the requesting inmate. All visitors will have to provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not on the visitation list will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Erie County Correctional Facility change often, so we suggest that you double-check the official Erie County Correctional Facility jail site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Calls made in jail are a lot more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but bear in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone privileges might get reduced or forbidden completely.

Phone Number: (716) 937-9101

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of delivery. You have to write or type the name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not send a package, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail received by the jail will be opened and read and examined by the staff, and the mail will be sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Erie County Correctional Facility is:

Erie County Correctional Facility
11581 Walden Avenue
Alden, NY 14004

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Erie County Correctional Facility
11581 Walden Avenue
Alden, NY 14004


The inmate mail policy at Erie County Correctional Facility changes frequently, so you should visit the official website before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have certain rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so you would be wise to get a friend or family member to find an attorney for you. You’re probably asking yourself ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate the complicated court system. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your situation, the better.

For more information on how to find an attorney, go to: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender is staffed by private investigators, forensics experts as well as case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are actual lawyers, admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney? How did they do?

Court Records

Court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They contain a file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the documents and motions filed in the case. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case with the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records, documents, and evidence from your court case are held at Erie County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs associated with your court case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The Erie County magistrate acts as the judge that will preside over your case. Magistrates do a number of things, like setting bail, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with your background information and information about the defendant’s life, which the magistrate judge will review and take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information will be requested from the person on trial, their family, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Remember you are able to request to get your own copy of the report before sentencing, and make sure that you review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service to probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you may be immediately taken into custody, or given a date that you are supposed to to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if some you know is locked up, or has ever been in jail?

To do so, you should visit the Erie County jail website, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can also call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you can check arrest warrants inquiry on the Erie County jail website or call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. You should know that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Erie County jail, by phone, go there in person, or find out online. Arrest records are in the public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, which can be court orders. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Erie County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be registered on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access this information on the website, but you should know that you can’t find the precise address, just the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a court case file containing a court docket and all of the filings and documents filed in the court case. You can access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Erie County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These online databases are connected and you can track criminal backgrounds from any other state. Go to the Erie County Courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that it was in a different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you can find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

During a criminal records search, in most cases won’t be able to find out if they has had any moving violations, like:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it easy? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the courthouse? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your account might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Erie County,the Erie County Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in the Erie County jail is quite unpleasant, eventually you will get used to the routine that is set for you in jail. You will get an alarm for wake-up at about 6:00am, and then roll call. Then you will get breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will be required to work in the program that has been assigned to you. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Erie County Correctional Facility, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Erie County Correctional Facility uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The process for sending money to someone in jail can change, so it would be best to check the the Erie County Correctional Facility website before you send any funds.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Erie County Correctional Facility

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Erie County Correctional Facility, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at Erie County Correctional Facility

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been locked up at Erie County Correctional Facility? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at Erie County Correctional Facility?

    If yes, then you should tell us about it. Write about your experience because other people will know what to expect.

    Things you can put in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? How was life in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you need to throw a shout out to someone you met in jail? Post a message to them below.

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