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Visiting hours at Erie County Correctional Facility changing Jan. 2

Visiting hours at the Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden are changing as of Jan. 2, the county sheriff's office announced.

The new slate of hours, which adds visitation on Wednesdays, means the schedule at the correctional facility will mirror the hours at the Erie County Holding Center in Buffalo, the sheriff's office said.

Here's the new visitation schedule:

Mondays

Morning session

  • Visitor sign-up: 7:10 to 11 a.m.
  • Visiting: 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The office closes from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Afternoon session

  • Visitor sign-up: 12:15 to 2 p.m.
  • Visiting: 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays

Morning session

  • Visitor sign-up: 7:10 to 11 a.m.
  • Visiting 7:30 to 11:45 a.m.

The office closes from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Afternoon session I

  • Visitor sign-up: 12:15 to 2 p.m.
  • Visiting: 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The office closes from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m.

Afternoon session II

  • Visitor sign-up: 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
  • Visiting: 3:30 to 5:15 p.m.

The office closes at 5:15 p.m.

Evening session

  • Visitor sign-up: 6 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Visiting: 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

“These new hours and the extra day provide families additional times to meet with their loved ones and hopefully prove more convenient to visitors as well," Sheriff Timothy B. Howard said in a news release. "Visitation is important to the inmates and aids in their good behavior which in turn makes the environment safer for deputies, correctional officers, staff and inmates.”

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