CONTACTING OPCA

Thank you for visiting the Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives' (OPCA) website.  OPCA welcomes your comments and questions.  All correspondence should be directed to the attention of:

Director
NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services
Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives
Alfred E. Smith Building
80 South Swan St.
Albany, New York 12210
518-485-2395

OPCA is an office of the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services having regulatory control, as well as funding and program assistance, over the administration of county probation and the City of New York probation departments and over the use of correctional alternative programs throughout the state.

OPCA does NOT:

  • provide the general public with the name(s) or lists of individuals currently or previously sentenced to a term of probation or otherwise receiving a probation disposition;
  • provide the general public with information on an individual's criminal/juvenile history or current criminal/juvenile justice status, oversee, in any capacity, local jails or state prisons
  • supervise inmates released from any local jail or state correctional facility.  State inmates who are granted parole and released from the custody of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision are under the supervision of the New York State Division of Parole located at 97 Central Avenue, Albany, New York 12206, or (518) 473-9400 or https://www.parole.ny.gov/
  • provide individual legal services or advice or interfere in any pending cases, violation proceedings or appeals. If you need legal advice you should contact a local attorney or Bar Association or visit the New York State Bar Association website at http://www.nysba.org (look under Lawyer Referral and Information Service) or call them, toll-free, at 1-800-342-3661. If you have a legal problem and cannot afford a lawyer, contact the public defense organization in your community. The addresses for these organizations are here.

Those seeking services as a victim of crime should contact the New York State Office of Victim Services at www.ovs.ny.gov. The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision also has an Office of Victim Services that can help with victim notification services (VINE) when an offender’s custody status changes.  The DOCCS Office of Victim Services can be reached toll-free at 1-800-783-6059 or http://www.doccs.ny.gov/VictimSvc/vsoverview.html

For information relating to issues of domestic violence, visit the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence website at http://www.opdv.ny.gov.

Anyone interested in housing, programs, conditions or visitation at local jails or inmates at local jails, should contact the New York State Commission of Correction (SCOC) at (518) 485-2346 or visit their web site at http://www.scoc.ny.gov which also contains a list of addresses for all local jails in the state. For information pertaining to state correctional facilities or state correctional facility inmates, contact the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Services (DOCCS) for information at (518) 457-8182 or visit the DOCCS website at http://www.doccs.ny.gov.