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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 well-being 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 conflicts about visitation and enforce child support court orders
  • Conduct drug testing
  • Supervise job search activities

Office of Community Corrections (OCC)

The OCC is a division of the MPS. There are 16 Community Justice Support 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 complete court ordered community service hours. Community service participants are supervised by probation staff at various locations around the state.

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 thorough process to immediately respond to compliance issues.

Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners

Commissioner: Edward J. Dolan
First Deputy Commissioner: Dianne Fasano
Deputy Commissioner of Administrative Services: Yvonne Roland
Deputy Commissioner of Field Services: Brian Mirasolo
Deputy Commissioner of Legal Services: Nina Pomponio
Deputy Commissioner of Programs: Michael Coelho
Deputy Commissioner of Pretrial Services: Pamerson Ifill

Regional (County) and Statewide Supervisors

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

Regional Supervisors

District Court Region 1: Terence O'Neil
District Court Region 2: Jason Patrissi
District Court Region 3: Carmen Gomez
District Court Region 4: Erie Contreras
District Court Region 5: Renee Payne

Statewide Supervisors

Superior Court Department: Lorna Spencer
Juvenile Court Department: Joseph Abber
Probate and Family Court Department: Marguerite Riley

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 
Email: joyce.higgins@jud.state.ma.us

Contact   for Learn about the Office of the Commissioner of Probation


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1 Ashburton Place, Room 405, Boston, MA 02108
Last updated: April 4, 2022

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