Division of Criminal Justice Services

Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives (OPCA)

OPCA is committed to improving practices that promote public safety, ensure offender accountability, provide restitution to victims and reduce recidivism. OPCA provides the tools necessary to enable local jurisdictions to make the best use of their staff and programs. The programs funded through OPCA enhance New York's criminal justice and juvenile justice policies and offer specialized services that are supported by research including employment, training, and treatment - all of which substantially contribute to successful and longstanding outcomes.

What's New...

April 11, 2019
Annual Plan Data Package 18-19

March 28, 2019
State Director's Memorandum #2019-2 Raise the Age—Probation Regulations Title 9 NYCRR--Parts 348, 350, 351, 352, 356, and 359. DCJS announces the promulgation of revised probation regulations.

June 25, 2018
State Director's Memorandum #2018-7 IID Non-Installers Notification to-Courts and District Attorneys
July 6, 2017
April 7, 2017
State Directors Memorandum #2017-4 Probation Employment Liaison Directory
January 10, 2017
Probations Role in Identifying, Assessing and Assisting Potential Victims of Human Trafficking - WebEx

August 31, 2016
August 22, 2016
Statewide Probation Workload Reports Cover Letter
August 5, 2016
May 25, 2016
Probation Workload Data for 2015 - Cover Letter
April 11, 2016
Probationer Felony Re-Arrests - Ten Year Cohort Recidivism & Percent of Total Arrests
March 8, 2016
State Director's Memorandum #2016-2 - Probationer Employment in NYS – Issued March 8th, 2016
March 2, 2016
State Director's Memorandum #2016-1 - Leandra’s Law Annual Report – Issued March 2nd, 2015
November 4, 2015
Probation Data Reports
August 13, 2015

State Director's Memorandum #2015-6 Probation Practitioner Handbook for the Management of the DWI Offender

August 7, 2015
State Director's Memorandum #2015-5 NYCOMPAS Guidance
May 12, 2015
"Leandra's Law" Implementation - 2014 Annual Report - Issued May 12, 2015:
December 16, 2014
State Director's Memorandum #2014-6 – "2014 Semi-Annual Leandra's Law Status Report" – Issued November 26, 2014
Attachment – IID Total Program Report thru September 2014
December 16, 2014August 28,2014
State Director's Memorandum #2014-4 – "DWI Risk and Need Assessments" – Issued August 26, 2014
Attachment – 2014 Summary of Alcohol-Related Risk Assessment Instruments
August 20, 2014

State Director’s Memorandum #2014-3 – “Statewide Probation Restitution and Financial Obligations Survey and Report 2010-2013/Updated Results”– Issued August 20, 2014
Attachment - Financial Obligations 2010-2013

July 9, 2014
In February of 2014, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman of the Court of Appeals outlined in the Annual State of the Judiciary Address , a “Comprehensive Plan for DWI Cases”. The plan called for specialized training for superior and city court judges who would handle DWI cases in their counties.  In the Spring of 2014, The Office of Court Administration—Office of the Chief of Strategic Planning organized three regional trainings that were held in Brooklyn, Albany and Rochester, where more than 250 judges were trained in all aspects of the DWI case. OCA requested that DCJS Deputy Commissioner and Director Robert M. Maccarone  provide training on the Role of Probation in managing the DWI offender under supervision. The presentation helped to illustrate to those judges present the extremely important role that probation officer play in the supervision of DWI offenders and in maintaining highway and community safety.
July 1, 2014
Assessment of Pretrial Services in New York State – July 1, 2014 - The New York Association of Pretrial Service Agencies (NYAPSA) collaborated with the United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Justice Assistance to conduct this study which included a survey of probation, pretrial service programs, and judges, and holding three regional focus groups. The Office of Court Administration assisted with the review of the survey and its distribution to Judges. The DCJS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives provided support and technical assistance to this project and the Office of Justice Research and Performance provided technical assistance in reviewing the initial survey design.
April 14, 2014
State Director's Memorandum #2014-2 – "Leandra's Law" — Reform and Ignition Interlock Program Plan Updates – Issued April 14, 2014
March 11, 2014
2014-2015 Probation Plan and Application. Applications are due to OPCA on or before April 25, 2014.
February 25, 2014
2013 Year End Training Report
May 24, 2013
Statewide Probation Restitution and Financial Obligations Survey - 2011, 2012 and First Quarter of 2013

Attachment - Probation Restitution and Financial Obligation 11-12-13 YTD

Attached please find the results of the Statewide Probation Restitution and Financial Obligations Survey, which includes local and statewide totals of restitution, DWI supervision fees, court-ordered fines, penalties, fees, and surcharges collected by probation departments for 2011, 2012 and the First Quarter of 2013. Local Probation Departments in New York State and several designated agencies collected nearly $5M in victim restitution, over $1.4M in DWI supervision fees, and nearly $1M in court-ordered fees, fines, and penalties during the period January 1 to March 31, 2013.
May 20, 2013
State Director's Memo #2013-10 - “Roadside Stop - Probation/Parole Inquiry Response Program” - Issued May 20, 2013
May 13, 2013
DCJS presentation provided to The New York Association of Drinking Driver Programs on May 9, 2013 in Saratoga, New York.

State Director's Memo #2013-8 - "Leandra’s Law" - Status Report on Implementation – Issued May 10, 2013
April 26, 2013
ATI Programs continue to provide critical services to New York State's criminal justice system by providing cost-effective programs that reduce unnecessary reliance on local and state incarceration, reduce recidivism, promote public safety and assist individuals change their lives to become productive residents of our State. Highlights of the 2012 Reports include:
April 15, 2013
DCJS presentation provided to Alternatives-to-Incarceration (ATI) community on April 11, 2013 in New York City.
March 25, 2013
2012 Alternatives to Incarceration Annual Report
March 21, 2013
NEW YORK STATE “LEANDRA’S LAW” ADVISORY #2013-1 - Probation and Monitors of Ignition Interlock Devices – Reporting back to the Court and District Attorney
January 29, 2013

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