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Learn about the Massachusetts Probation Service

Find out what the Massachusetts Probation Service (MPS) does.

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MPS is made up of 105 probation departments located throughout the state, the Office of Community Corrections, the Trial Court Community Service Program, the Electronic Monitoring Center and the Office of the Commissioner of Probation.

Probation partners with local law enforcement and human service agencies to keep communities safe and provide a wealth of programs, initiatives, and resources, such as substance abuse counseling and educational and job training.

The agency collaborates on a regular basis with:

  • Federal, state, and local police
  • Sheriff’s Departments
  • Parole Board
  • Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB)
  • State agencies such as the Department of Mental Health (DMH), Department of Transitional  Assistance (DTA), Department of Children and Families (DCF), and the Department of Youth Services.

Probation also works closely with local schools.

Probation updates and maintains Court Activity Record Information (CARI) and the Civil Restraining Order Registry. The agency screens applicants during the court intake process to determine indigency or eligibility for a court-appointed attorney. The agency is also charged with the sealing of records.

Mission statement

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.

Our vision

Massachusetts Probation Service employees are highly trained, compassionate professionals who use evidence-based approaches to assist individuals and families.

Probation service organization

Probation employees:

  • 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

Contact   for Learn about the Massachusetts Probation Service


(617) 727-8483


1 Ashburton Place, Room 405, Boston, MA 02108
Last updated: April 25, 2018

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