Probation is a court-ordered sentence ordered by a judge. Probation is an alternative to incarceration (jail or prison) that allows people to remain in the community under the supervision of a probation officer. Over 80,000 people are under probation supervision in the Commonwealth. Of that number, approximately 80 percent are men and 20 percent are women.
Massachusetts Probation Service employees are highly trained, compassionate professionals who use evidence-based approaches to assist individuals and families.
- Execute court orders, hold people accountable, and expertly use their discretion to determine an appropriate response to many high and low risk situations
- Lead clients to use pro-social behaviors, make better decisions, build healthy relationships, and manage conflict
- Are a consistent, positive influence, making a difference in people’s lives every day
The Massachusetts Probation Service:
- Works closely with the Trial Court’s judges, clerks, registers, and external partners to make the best use of resources and technology to accomplish its core mission
- Uses proven best practices, its experiences and skills to accomplish its responsibilities for the court system and the communities it serves
The Massachusetts Probation Service’s mission is to increase community safety, support victims and survivors, and assist individuals and families in achieving long term positive change.