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About Probation

Our Mission

  • To assist the federal courts in the fair administration of justice.
  • To protect the community.
  • To bring about long-term positive change in individuals under supervision.
  • Charter for Excellence (pdf)

Who We Are

The U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services System is

  • the community corrections arm of the federal judiciary.
  • part of the U.S. district courts.
  • a key player in the federal criminal justice process at both the pretrial and post-conviction stages.
  • a national system of employees, who include probation and pretrial services officers and officer assistants; information technology, budget, and human resources professionals; and support staff.
  • a national system with a shared mission, professional identity, goals, and values.

What We Do

U.S. probation and pretrial services officers, considered the "eyes and ears" of the federal courts, investigate and supervise persons charged with or convicted of federal crimes. Officers

  • gather and verify information about persons who come before the courts.
  • prepare reports that the courts rely on to make release and sentencing decisions.
  • supervise persons released to the community by the courts and paroling authorities.
  • direct persons under supervision to services to help them stay on the right side of the law, including substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, medical care, training, and employment assistance.