Probation & Parole

Shelley Cortese, Associate Director of Community Corrections

18 Wilma Schesler Road
Dix Building
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: (401) 462-1619
Fax: (401) 462-5139

Probation & Parole

Probation and Parole is a community-based component of the Department of Corrections that supervises adult commmunity residents who have been placed on probation by the courts or on parole by the Parole Board. Probation and Parole is mandated to provide community safety while working toward the rehabilitation of the offender in the community. Probation is the community supervision of an offender in lieu of incarceration with conditions imposed by the court for a specified period during which the court retains authority to modify the conditions or to resentence the offender should they violate the conditions. Parole enables some offenders to return to the community under stringent conditions of supervision after serving out a portion of their sentence. (Terms of parole release are set by the Parole Board, which is independent of the Department of Corrections.)

Both probation and parole are seen as provisional tolerance to remain in the community providing the offenders' court-ordered conditions are followed and fulfilled. Those requirements include accountability, responsible behavior and willingness to accept and make positive use of appropriate interventions. The objective of supervision is to assist offenders to integrate successfully into their communities as functioning, law-abiding members.

Probation and Parole is regionalized in multiple locations statewide: Providence (District Court, Superior Court, Providence Police Sub-station and District 7), Woonsocket, Pawtucket, East Bay, Cranston, Kent County, Washington County, and Newport. Regionalization allows for greater community identity and involvement as well as better access for offenders. The Officers assigned to the areas know the community and its resources and thus are able to provide more complete services to offenders. In addition to geographic assignment of cases, some offenders are supervised on specialized caseloads to enable the Probation and Parole Officers to focus on specific areas of risk, needs, and services. Specialized supervision is provided for parole, domestic violence, sexual assault, mental health, gender-specific and violent youthful offenders, and individuals with other types of offenses.