The Probation Administration was created by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 968, “The Probation Law of 1976”, to administer the probation system. Under Executive Order No. 292, “The Administrative Code of 1987” which was promulgated on November 23, 1989, the Probation Administration was renamed “Parole and Probation Administration” and given the added function of supervising prisoners who, after serving part of their sentence in jails are released on parole pardon with parole conditions
Effective August 17, 2005, by virtue of a Memorandum of Agreement with the Dangerous Drugs Board, the Administration performs another additional function of investigating and supervising first-time minor drug offenders who are placed on suspended pursuant to Republic Act No. 9165.
By 2024, the DOJ-PPA is the ASEAN’s model of community-based corrections in crime prevention
To rehabilitate and reintegrate persons on community-based corrections for peace and social justice
The Parole and Probation Administration is mandated to conserve and/or redeem convicted offenders and prisoners who are under the probation or parole system.
The Administration’s program sets to achieve the following goals:
- Promote the reformation of criminal offenders and reduce the incidence of recidivism, and
- Provide a cheaper alternative to the institutional confinement of first-time offenders who are likely to respond to individualized, community-based treatment programs.
To carry out these goals, the Agency through its network of regional and field parole and probation offices performs the following functions:
- to administer the parole and probation system
- to exercise supervision over parolees, pardonees and probationers
- to promote the correction and rehabilitation of criminal offenders