Nebraska Probation System

Nebraska Probation System

The Legislature created the Office of Probation Administration and outlined administrative functions to provide central management of Probation services which, in turn, enhance public protection and offender rehabilitation.

Under the structure of the Nebraska Supreme Court and the Administrative Office of the Courts & Probation, Probation has faithfully worked to not only improve the safety of all Nebraskans, but moreover, to assist all juveniles and adults under our supervision to become productive citizens.

Probation officers make lasting changes in local communities by assisting both juveniles and adults to become productive members of society. Nebraska Probation utilizes individualized approaches focused on evidence-based principles and practices, and employs a dedicated and skilled professional staff to meet this goal. Providing this purposeful intervention, Nebraska Probation strives to continue to impact community safety for the better.

MinardiDeborah A. Minardi was named State Probation Administrator on January 7, 2019, to direct the statewide delivery of Probation services in Nebraska.

Ms. Minardi was appointed to the position of Deputy Probation Administrator in charge of Community-Based Programs and Field services in January of 2006. Prior to her appointment as Deputy Probation Administrator, and during her service to the Nebraska Probation System, Ms. Minardi served as a probation officer, Chief Deputy Probation Officer, and Chief Probation Officer.  She has also conducted numerous training programs both nationally and statewide covering a wide range of topics including Evidence-Based Practice in Criminal Justice.

Ms. Minardi has a Bachelor of Science in Community Services from the University of Nebraska Lincoln and also a Management Development Certification from the University of Nebraska Lincoln.

Ms. Minardi previously served on the Board of Directors for the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA). She received the 2010 APPA President’s Award for Probation’s Specialized Substance Abuse Supervision Program, the 2014 award for the APPA Member of the Year, and the 2015 University of Nebraska School Of Criminology Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2020 Exceptional Leadership Award from the National Association of Probation Executives.


Deb Minardi
Probation Administrator
1445 K Street, State Capitol Room #1211
Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: (402) 471-2141
Fax: 402-471-2197

Nebraska State Probation Mission:

We, the leaders in community corrections, juvenile and restorative justice are unified in our dedication to delivering a system of seamless services which are founded on evidence-based practices and valued by Nebraska’s communities, victims, offenders and courts. We create constructive change through rehabilitation, collaboration, and partnership in order to enhance safe communities.

Nebraska State Probation Vision:

Inspiring Hope
Empowering Individuals
Strengthening Communities

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Nebraska State Probation Statement of Values and Beliefs

To reach our Vision and accomplish our Mission, the Nebraska Probation System is guided by the following Values and Beliefs

We Believe in Dignity, Respect and Integrity:

  • As Officers of the Court, we are held to a higher ethical standard. We take responsibility for treating employees, victims, offenders, and all others with dignity and respect in all interactions.
  • Victims of crime are ensured a voice.
  • Staff are valued and respected for who they are and what they do.
  • We appreciate the cultural and gender differences of all.

We  Believe  in Professionalism:

  • Probation staff adhere to a standard of excellence and serve as role models for all offenders.
  • We value and show professionalism toward the courts, victims, offenders, colleagues, and community  partners.
  • We value a well-trained, highly-skilled professional staff.
  • Being sensitive to the needs of victims and offenders is key to the success of our mission.

We Believe in Resourcefulness:

  • We value evidence-based community correctional programming as a cost-effective alternative to incarceration.
  • A creative and innovative staff is our greatest resource.
  • Investing in juvenile justice ultimately reduces recidivism.

We  Believe in  Excellence  in  Strength-Based Services:

  • Vital to rehabilitation and accountability is community-based cooperation and collaboration.
  • Solid Probation practices based on proven research is fundamental to our success.
  • Positive change is achievable.
  • Treatment is a means of crime control.
  • Developing competencies in the youth of today will lead to better citizens of tomorrow.
  • Building on the strengths of offenders creates a basis for positive growth and change.


Questions, feedback, or concerns?

If you have questions, feedback or concerns about the delivery of probation programs and services in your area, please let us know at the email address below. Your input is important to us.  Thank you!