Erie County Jail & Prison

Find Erie County Pennsylvania jails, prisons, detention centers, departments of corrections, and penitentiaries. Jails and prisons provide information on inmate searches, rosters, lookups, lists, records, and mugshot photos.


Erie County Juvenile Detention 4728 Lake Pleasant Road Erie PA 16504 814-451-6191


Erie County Prison 1618 Ash Street Erie PA 16503 814-451-7500

Erie County Sheriff's Holding Facility 140 West 6th Street Erie PA 16501 814-451-7012

About Erie County Jails & Prisons

A Erie County Jail or Prison is a secure facility located in Erie County, PA where individuals, referred to as inmates, are involuntarily confined and their freedoms and movement are restricted as a consequence of criminal behavior. Erie County Jails are short-term facilities where inmates either await trial or sentencing for a crime, or serve relatively short sentences. Erie County Prisons are longer-term facilities where inmates serve out a prison sentence, usually of a year or more, for their crimes.

You may contact Jails & Prisons for questions about:
  • Locating Erie County inmates
  • Finding out who is in Jail or Prison
  • Searching for criminal records
  • Performing Erie County background checks
  • Contacting, visiting and sending money to inmates
Erie County Inmate Searches

All levels of Erie County Jails and Prisons provide information about inmates upon request. You may contact correctional facilities to search for inmates. Detention facilities in Erie County, PA provide details of Jail and Prison rosters, inmate contact information, visitation policies and procedures, and how send money to loved ones who may be incarcerated. Erie County inmate searches and lookups are available by contacting Erie County Jails, Erie County, Pennsylvania State, and Federal Prisons.

Erie County Jails

Jails are Erie County government facilities in the county criminal justice system. A Lockup is a particular type of Jail that serves as a temporary holding facility, attached to the Erie County Police Department or Erie County Sheriff's Department, which houses suspects while they await bail or transport to another Jail.

Prisons in Erie County, Pennsylvania

Erie County Prisons can be categorized by level of security: minimum, medium, or maximum. Minimum Security Prisons allow inmates considerable daily movement and are intended for non-violent criminals and inmates who pose little risk of escape or threat to prison staff or other inmates. Medium Security Prisons are somewhat more restrictive facilities, but still allow for daily movement and house inmates in housing units instead of cells. Maximum Security Prisons are reserved for the most violent offenders and those who pose the highest escape threat, and these facilities place the greatest restrictions on inmates.

In Pennsylvania, State Prisons are run by a Department of Corrections (DOC) or the Bureau of Prisons (BOP). Federal Prisons are the responsibility of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP). While most prisons are owned and operated by government agencies, many prisons have been privatized. Private prisons are owned and operated by for-profit companies under contract with government agencies, though oversight of private prisons remains the responsibility of Erie County, Pennsylvania State, and Federal Government.