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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.

The Administrative Office of Probation is organized into the following divisions:

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.

Probation Information:
  Semi-Annual Report July-December 2014

  Semi-Annual Report January-June 2014
  Semi-Annual Report July-December 2013
  Semi-Annual Report January-June 2013
  Average Caseloads Supplemental Report 2012-2013
  Semi-Annual Report 2012
  Semi-Annual Report 2011
  Biennial Report (2010-2011)
  Biennial Report (2008-2009)
  Becoming an Officer
  Find Probation Offices
  History of Probation Administration
  Judicial Branch Education
  Rural Improvement for Schooling and Employment (RISE) Program
  Contact Us

Our Goals:

Providing our Courts quality investigations and effective sentencing alternatives

Reducing recidivism in both juvenile and criminal justice populations

Providing for more efficient and effective use of Probation's limited staff resources

Values/Beliefs Statements

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.


Ellen Fabian Brokofsky was named State Probation Administrator on October 1, 2005, to direct the statewide delivery of Probation services in Nebraska.

Former Sarpy County Chief Probation Officer and veteran to Probation, Ms. Brokofsky began as a probation officer in 1975 and was a Chief Probation Officer in Sarpy, Cass and Otoe counties for 15 years prior to her appointment as State Probation Administrator. Ms. Brokofsky has a master’s degree in management from Bellevue University, is a licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselor, is Past President of the National Juvenile Court Services Association (NJCSA), Past President of the National Association of Probation Executives (NAPE), and is the Past Adult Interstate Compact Commissioner for Nebraska.


Ellen Fabian Brokofsky
Probation Administrator
1445 K Street, State Capitol Room #1209
Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: (402) 471-2141
Fax: 402-471-2197


This page was last modified on Friday, February 20, 2015