Strengthening Communities. Changing Lives.
About Probation

Community Outreach Staff



The New York City Department of Probation helps build stronger and safer communities by working with and supervising people on probation, fostering positive change in their decision-making and behavior, and expanding opportunities for them to move out of the criminal and juvenile justice systems through meaningful education, employment, health services, family engagement and civic participation.




The New York City Model of Probation advances public safety and improves communities by adopting a Justice Reinvestment framework. Justice Reinvestment is a two-part approach that focuses resources on individuals who pose the highest risk to public safety and reinvests in the communities where people on probation live. By partnering with government agencies, community organizations and residents, DOP:


  • Matches individuals to appropriate probation supervision and support services based on their needs, interests and risk to public safety.

  • Rewards people under supervision with incentives when they do right by themselves and their communities.

  • Establishes a Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON) with community organizations, government agencies, local businesses and residents to expand client access to quality opportunities, resources and services that build on their strengths and reduce involvement with criminal and juvenile justice systems.

  • Uses current research and best available information to inform policy and practice.

  • Reinvests in communities where people on probation live in ways that support positive individual and community outcomes.

  • Empowers staff by integrating them into decision-making processes, recognizing their achievements, rewarding positive change and providing the information and training needed to implement our ambitious priorities.