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Learn about the Office of the Commissioner of Probation

Find out what the different departments and programs within the Massachusetts Probation Service (MPS) do.

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Juvenile Court Probation Departments

Juvenile Court Probation Departments supervise children, adolescents, and young adults involved in delinquent, youthful, and status-offending behavior. Juvenile probation officers also monitor the welfare of children who are before the Juvenile Court as subjects of parental abuse and neglect.

Probate and Family Court Probation Departments

Probate and Family Court Probation Departments have jurisdiction over family matters, such as:

  • Divorce
  • Paternity
  • Child support
  • Custody
  • Visitation
  • Adoption
  • Termination of parental rights
  • Abuse prevention orders

Probation and Family Court probation officers:

  • Investigate custody issues
  • Resolve disputes regarding visitation and enforce court orders regarding child support
  • Conduct drug testing
  • Supervise job search activities

Office of Community Corrections (OCC)

The OCC is a division of the MPS. There are 16 Community Corrections Centers. The centers offer structured treatment and services throughout the day to support positive behavior change and serve as an alternative to incarceration. The OCC manages the Trial Court Community Service Program. The Massachusetts Trial Court Community Service Program offers court-involved people an opportunity to perform court ordered community service hours. Community service participants are supervised by probation staff at numerous locations around the state.

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Electronic Monitoring Center (ELMO)

ELMO is responsible for monitoring people with court ordered GPS and/or remote alcohol monitoring. The Center actively monitors these people 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a comprehensive process to immediately respond to compliance issues.

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Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners

Commissioner: Edward J. Dolan
First Deputy Commissioner: Lydia Todd
Deputy Commissioner of Field Services: Dianne Fasano
Deputy Commissioner of Legal Services: Crispin Birnbaum
Deputy Commissioner of Programs: Michael Coelho

Regional (County) and Statewide Supervisors

Regional and Statewide Supervisors oversee and manage the operations of Probation Departments in their respective regions.

Regional Supervisors

District Court Region 1: Pamerson Ifill
District Court Region 2: Harriet Beasley
District Court Region 3: Jeff Akers
District Court Region 4: Vacant
District Court Region 5: Elizabeth Daigneault
District Court Region 6: Francine Ryan
Boston Municipal Court Department: Renee Payne

Statewide Supervisors

Superior Court Department: Andy Peck
Juvenile Court Department: John Millett
Probate and Family Court Department: Richard O’Neil

ADA coordinator

For information about ADA accessibility, please contact the Office of the Commissioner of Probation's ADA coordinator:

Joyce Higgins
Phone: (617) 727-5300 
Fax: (617) 727-8483 



(617) 727-8483


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