Alden Correctional Facility

Being late for a meeting with a parole officer, missing curfew, using drugs or alcohol. Those are all non-criminal acts that can land a parolee back behind bars.

And sending them there costs Erie County $10 million a year, according to study a by New Yorkers United for Justice, a bipartisan criminal justice reform group.

New York State Office of Mental Health

The state Office of Mental Health estimates a third of those incarcerated in New York have some type of mental illness. So why are they locked up instead of in a mental health program? Actually, Erie County has become a leader in diverting these offenders from prison. Progress has been slow, but steady, using a national model of law enforcement called Crisis Intervention Teams.

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Aug 14, 2017
Erie County Sheriff's Department

A White anti-racism group is going door to door Monday evening in an effort to oust Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard from office.

WBFO News File Photo

An inmate at the Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden was found hung Wednesday morning in an apparent suicide.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

You could think of them as the 'Birdmen of Alden.' Several inmates currently serving time at the Erie County Correctional Facility are participating in a new work program that officials believe is preparing the prisoners with job skills - and a new sense of discipline - that they'll need upon their eventual return to society.

Chris Caya/WBFO News

Erie County has restored its Local Conditional Release Program. It provides 25 non-violent prisoners in Alden Correctional Facility with early release, job training and rehabilitation in return for one year probation.