Group of Probation Officers Assisting at Boston's 42 Annual Caribbean Carnival


Welcome to the web pages of the Office of the Commissioner of Probation which is comprised of the Massachusetts Probation Service, the Office of Community Corrections, and the Massachusetts Trial Court Community Service Program.

Probation is a court-ordered sentence ordered by a judge. The offender is allowed to remain in the community under the supervision of a Probation Officer.

The primary goal of Probation is to keep communities safe and to provide probationers with the rehabilitative tools they need to live a safe, productive, and law-abiding life.

There are approximately 86,000 individuals under probation supervision in the Commonwealth. Of that number, 80.9 percent are men and 19.1 percent are women

Mission Statement

The Massachusetts Probation Service is at the center in the delivery of justice through investigations, community supervision of offenders/litigants, diversion of appropriate offenders from institutional sentences, reduction in crime, mediations, service to victims, and the performance of other appropriate community service functions.