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A new report on "problematic" jails names the Erie County Holding Center and the County Correctional Facility among the "worst" in the state.

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A member of the Erie County Sheriff's Department has been honored for her outstanding contribution on a federal task force.

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The Erie County Holding Center is now better equipped to cater to incarcerated veterans.

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Improvements designed to streamline the intake of inmates at the Erie County Holding Center in downtown Buffalo are nearly complete.

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The mistaken release of a man charged with attempted murder landed Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard in the hot seat in County Hall. 

The Legislature's Public Safety Committee questioned Howard for nearly an hour about the wrongful release of 32-year-old Awet Gebreyesus who was ordered held without bail after allegedly stabbing his wife in the entrance of the Amherst Street Wegmans in January.