Probation & Parole

Adult probation and parole is a community-based component of the Department of Corrections that supervises adult community residents who have been placed on probation by the courts or on parole by the Parole Board. Both probation and parole are seen as provisional tolerance to remain in the community provided that 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 Probation &Parole Unit’s (P&P) mission is to increase public safety by promoting positive change in offender behavior, successfully reintegrating offenders into society and assisting victims of crime while upholding our core values and ethics. By motivating offenders to become productive, law-abiding members of society, P&P effectively helps to reduce crime, recidivism and victimizations.


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.)


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.

Specialized Supervision

Specialized Supervision is for offenders requiring more focused supervision because of the nature of their crime or the risk they pose to the community are assigned to specific caseloads.

Interagency Collaboration (formerly Collaborative Projects)

Probation and parole work closely with various community partners on committees, forums, interventions and trainings to better serve the communities in which they work.

Early Termination

The Rhode Island Superior Court Rules were changed recently to allow individuals serving probation in the community to seek approval from the Superior Court to end their probation early if several criteria are met. To see if you qualify, please click here.

Office Locations & Phone Numbers

P&P is regionalized in multiple locations statewide allowing 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  are able to provide more complete services to offenders.

Contact Information

Shelley Cortese, Associate Director of Community Corrections
18 Wilma Schesler Road
Dix Building
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: (401) 462-1619
Fax: (401) 462-5139