Adult Probation

Lancaster County CourthouseMISSION STATEMENT
The mission of Adult Probation and Parole Services is to enforce the mandate of the Court of Common Pleas of Lancaster County by ensuring the legal accountability of those individuals under its supervision. This objective is accomplished through individualized direction, client centered goal coordination, the effective use of community-based resources and the swift and consistent administration of prescribed sanctions.

We believe that protection of the community is paramount. We believe that each person is responsible for his or her own behavior and must be held accountable as a member of the community. We believe that people in our charge can change for the better and that we can be instrumental in providing opportunities and resources to direct that change. We believe that everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect.

To provide the greatest likelihood of success for the individuals under our supervision, consistent with the safety of the community, through the use of restorative alternatives and corrective sanctions. To exercise the authority with which we have been entrusted with equality and discretion. To perpetually evaluate and adjust program services to best reflect our values and achieve our mission.


Adult Probation and Parole has had a long history in Lancaster County. By order of President Judge Benjamin Atlee of the Lancaster Court of Common Pleas, the Adult Probation Department was created in 1933. President Judge Atlee appointed Edgar R. Barnes, Mary R. Bowman, MD., and Beatrice Pollack as the first probation officers in Lancaster County. At the time, the Adult Probation Department supervised all probation cases, including adult, juvenile and domestic relations.

In 1945, Barnes was appointed chief probation officer and served as such until 1961 when he retired. E. Jane Crowell succeeded Barnes as chief probation officer until 1977 when President Judge W. Hensel Brown ordered that the adult and juvenile components be separated. Ms. Crowell was named Chief Adult Probation Officer and served as such until 1979 when she retired and James Turnbull was named as her successor. 

In 2000, the adult probation and parole system in Lancaster County underwent significant structural changes under the direction of the Honorable Michael A. Georgelis, President Judge. The judicial directive initiated the unification of the existing four adult probation and parole programs.

In 2012, the agency underwent a department wide restructure by creating two offices, the Office of Supervision Services and the Office of Administrative Services in an effort to centralize and utilize agency resources more effectively. The Director of Adult Probation and Parole Services reports to the District Court Administrator. The current Director of Adult Probation and Parole Services is Mark J. Wilson.