The Office of the Commissioner of Probation (OCP) is a department of the Massachusetts Trial Court. The OCP includes the Massachusetts Probation Service and the Office of the Community Corrections (OCC). The Massachusetts Trial Court Community Service Program is part of OCC.
In Massachusetts, there are 105 separate Probation departments throughout the 12 counties, eight divisions of the Boston Municipal Court (BMC); 12 Superior; 62 District; 11 Juvenile; and 12 Probate & Family courts.
Superior Court Probation Officers supervise the most serious felony cases.
District and Boston Municipal (BMC) Court Probation Officers supervise criminal cases.
Juvenile Court Probation Officers supervise children, adolescents and young adults involved in delinquent, youthful and status-offending behavior, as well as, monitor the welfare of children who are before Juvenile Court as subjects of parental abuse and neglect.
Probate & Family Court Officers are involved in assisting the court in civil matters such as domestic issues, divorce, paternity, guardianship and adoption. Probate & Family Court Probation Officers are asked to perform tasks such as investigating custody issues, resolving disputes regarding visitation and enforcing court orders regarding child support as well as drug testing and supervision of job search activity.
The Office of Community Corrections is a division of the Commissioner of Probation. There are 18 Community Corrections Centers, including Juvenile and Women’s Resource Centers, serve as alternative to incarceration.
Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners
Commissioner Edward J. Dolan
First Deputy Commissioner Crystal D. Collier
Deputy Commissioner of Field Services Dianne Fasano
Deputy Commissioner of Legal Services Crispin Birnbaum
Regional (County) Administrators
Regional Administrators manage the operations of the Probation Departments in the following counties:
Barnstable, the Islands (Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket), Bristol, Norfolk and Plymouth County – Harriet Beasley
Berkshire and Hampshire County – Francine Ryan
Franklin and Hampden County – Edward Driscoll
Essex County – Jeffrey Akers
Juvenile – John Millett
Middlesex – Brian Murphy
Probate & Family – Richard E. O’Neil
Suffolk County – Mark McHale
Worcester County – Elizabeth Daignault