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Queens NeON℠ Hosts Women’s History Month Celebration Featuring Miko Branch, Co-founder of Miss Jessie’s Hair Care Products

Commissioner Ana M. Bermúdez Esq., Deputy Commissioners Sharun Goodwin and Gineen Gray, Associate Commissioner Lisa Frost, Queens Adult Services Assistant Commissioner Karen Armstrong and Queens Family Intake Services Director Shamira Gambrell will kick off Women's History Month on Wednesday, March 1st, with a lively lecture and discussion by Jamaica, Queens native Miko Branch, co-founder of Miss Jessie's Hair Care. The event is themed “Preparing for a Better Me” and will include a health and wellness forum, and one client sharing their personal story and modeling items from DOP’s Clothing Closets.  DOP Clothing Closets, located in all five boroughs, provide free new and slightly used career clothing to clients and other community residents. A limited amount of complimentary hair care items and books will be distributed to registered clients on a first come first serve basis.

Citywide Asset-Mapping Project Exhibition

This summer, NeON Arts partnered with independent photographers and arts organizations to work on an asset-mapping project that took place in seven neighborhoods across New York City.

The project engaged NYC Department of Probation clients and NeON community members in the process of identifying people and organizations in their neighborhoods that serve as a support or resource, interviewing community members, and documenting the process through photography.

This project aims to help participants to better understand their communities and learn more about the resources that are available to them. This exhibition showcases a selection of these photographs, which highlight the people, places, programs, and organizations that are now part of the NeONs’ ever-expanding network of community organizations, government agencies, local businesses, and residents focused on connecting people to opportunities, resources, and services

For more information on this project:

Paid Sick Leave & Universal Pre-K 

Paid Sick Leave 

Universal Pre-K  

NeON Arts Brings Music, Theater, Dance, Digital Media & More to NYC Neighborhoods

NeON Arts is a public/private initiative that funds local arts projects in seven communities that are home to significant numbers of people on probation.  Through NeON Arts local artists and community members collaborate on projects in a variety of artistic modalities including dance, music, theater, visual art, poetry, and digital media. In addition to creating meaningful art projects that benefit local communities, participants learn important new skills and develop positive peer relationships.
Eleven organizations currently have NeON Arts programming underway in seven NeON communities:

  • Bedford-Stuyvesant: The Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions and Xmental 
  • Brownsville: Young New Yorkers
  • East New York: ARTs East New York
  • Harlem: Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Roundabout Theatre Company, and Voices UnBroken
  • South Bronx: Free Verse, Music Beyond Measure, and Voices UnBroken
  • South Jamaica: Life Light Street Productions
  • Staten Island: The Animation Project

A calendar of free public events to be presented this spring by NeON Arts in all locations will be posted online in May.  Click here to find addresses for all NeON locations

For information about applying for NeON Arts funding:      

NeON Arts is a program of the NYC Department of Probation in partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.  Funding provided by the Open Society Foundations through a grant to the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City in support of the NYC Young Men's Initiative.

Important Announcement For All Manhattan Probation Clients Reporting to the Kiosk Machines

As of February 1, the Manhattan kiosks have been relocated to 66 John Street, 4th floor. Click here or see below for a map:

DIRECTIONS: John St. between William & Nassau.
Take the A, C, J, Z, 2, 3, 4, 5 trains to Fulton St. station.

Please see the kiosk attendant or your Probation Officer for more info.

You should continue reporting on the week of your birthday.

Do You Want to Go To College or Learn a Trade?

DOP announces Connecting NYC Youth to Educational Opportunities (NYC YES), a new program that will connect probation clients to organizations that can help them enroll in college or a vocational training program.  

Interested? Talk to your Probation Officer, click HERE to sign up or call 212-361-8969. Eligibility requirements:

  • 16-24 years old
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED

NYC YES is a partnership between DOP and the Clinton Global Initiative.

DOP Receives Excellence in Community Crime Prevention Award from the American Probation and Parole Association

On January 12, the American Probation and Parole Association presented the Excellence in Community Crime Prevention Award to the NYC Department of Probation (DOP) at their national Winter Training Meeting in Houston. The award recognized DOP’s Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON), a groundbreaking initiative that consists of seven community-based probation offices that work with local organizations, government agencies, businesses, and community residents to link probation clients to nearby opportunities and services. DOP also operates seven NeON Satellites, which are co-located at community-based organizations. DOP Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi was on hand to receive the award.
“The Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON) was born from a simple idea: the best way for us to enhance public safety is to become a valued and contributing member of the communities where large numbers of our clients live,” said Probation Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi. “While we still have a long way to go, receiving this prestigious award is further proof that we’re on the right track. On behalf of everyone at the NYC Department of Probation and our many community partners, I’d like to thank the American Probation and Parole Association for this honor.”

DO MORE GOOD: A Progress Report from the NYC Department of Probation

DOP is in the midst of a transformation that has involved community stakeholders and every level of the agency, from support staff to probation officers to senior leaders. Working together, we have built on a strong foundation to establish DOP as a national leader in the probation field.

Even as we continue to implement and innovate, we thought it was important to take a step back and put our accomplishments in context. We are proud to share the result with you:

DO MORE GOOD: A Progress Report from the NYC Department of Probation (also available as a PDF).

We hope you will read this report in the spirit it was created: As a tribute to our staff, our partners, and every client who has met us halfway and used their time on probation as an opportunity to get their life back on track.

News for Clients

GED Changes in 2014:

As of January 2014, the GED has been replaced in New York State by the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) which will continue to lead students to a High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma.

Here are some updates on the new test:

  • The test is free
  • The test is available in English and Spanish
  • The test is comprised of 5 sections: English Language Arts Reading, 2) English language Arts Writing, 3) Mathematics, 4) Science and 5) Social Studies
  • The test is linked to the Common Core Standards, which will better prepare students to be career and job ready
  • The test will become more difficult through 2017 when Common Core Standards are fully implemented
  • Computer based testing will be phased in through 2017, but there will always be a paper based version
  • Partial passing scores from the previous GED test will be allowed for 2 years (2014 and 2015) to count towards the new HSE test
  • The website for the Department of Education provides additional information on how students can prepare for the test; the information can be accessed at  or by calling 718-557-2525
  • Students can also visit the official TASC website (with sample items for the 2014 test) at

Clients can always speak with their probation officers about enrolling into an HSE program.

RAP Sheet Assistance Project

Have you encountered trouble finding work or housing because of errors in your criminal record?

There are community-based providers who can help you clean up your RAP sheet - and it’s FREE!

Below is information on the participating providers: 

Are you 24 or older? Contact one of these organizations:

Are you under 24?

Community Service Society

Legal Action

The Bronx Defenders

Youth Represent

102 East 22nd St
(near Park Ave)
(212) 614-5428
*By appointment only

225 Varick St, 4th Fl
(near W. Houston St)
(212) 243-1313
*By appointment only
360 East 161st St
(near Courtland Ave)
(718) 838-7878
108 Leonard St
(near Lafayette St)
(212) 553-6655
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Register to Vote

Many probation clients are eligible to vote despite having a criminal record. Learn more about who is eligible to vote.