Brian McLaughlin, Commissioner Email: Brian.McLaughlin@Erie.gov Ysaias Feliz, Deputy Commissioner Email: Ysaias.Feliz@erie.gov One Niagara Plaza Buffalo, NY 14202 Phone: (716) 858-8200 Fax: (716) 858-2862 The Probation Department has provided over a century of service to the residents of Erie County. Our mission is to provide community protection, reduce crime by lowering recidivism rates, to hold offenders accountable for their actions and to compensate and restore victims. Our department is also responsible for providing timely and accurate information to the various upper and lower criminal courts in Erie County and Family Court
These tasks are accomplished through the development of comprehensive presentence investigations, the utilization of professional casework techniques and practices that monitor, motivate and rehabilitate and correct the behavior patterns of the offender.
Probation is the single most used criminal punishment in the United States today. Probation is an alternative to incarceration which permits offenders to live and work in the community, support their families, receive rehabilitative services and make restitution to victims. It is one of the most cost efficient sanctions in the criminal justice system.
In Erie County, the Probation Department is divided into Adult and Juvenile components. The Juvenile Division prepares investigations for Family Court, supervises juveniles placed on probation and administers the PINS program. Please click on the tab above for more information on the PINS program and other special programs in the Juvenile Probation.
In the Adult division, generalist caseloads are augmented by several specialty caseloads. Erie County Probation has a specialized unit to supervise Felony DWI Offenders. A Sex Offender unit was developed to oversee defendants who are sentenced to probation as registerable offenders. Domestic Violence is a serious community and family problem and a specific unit was designed to work with the complexities of these cases and offenders. Project Impact is a grant sponsored program which allows probation officers to work more closely with young adults convicted of weapons charges. The Intensive Supervision program provides probation services to offenders who would likely face incarceration but are sentenced to community correction.
The Erie County Probation Department oversees several Alternative to Incarceration Programs. The Release Under Supervision program saves taxpayers the costs of detaining offenders in the county holding center. The Probation Department also operates Community Service Sentencing and Pretrial Services. These are proven programs that save the community resources and allow offenders to remain employed and with their families.
The Erie County Probation Department has a dedicated well trained staff to professionally deliver services to victims, the community and offenders.