In May 2002, the New York State Division of Parole conducted a special dedication of its permanent Parole Officers Memorial at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.
Featuring the in-stone inscribed names of New York State Parole Officers who have died in the line of duty, the Memorial site is situated between Agency Building #4 and the Legislative Office Building in the proximity of the Police Officer's Memorial and the Crime Victims Memorial.
The focus feature of the Parole Officers Memorial is a 4 x 7-foot slab of Barre Stone Gray Granite permanently mounted on a Lenrock wall at the site. The State Seal appears in the center. On each side of it are the names of the Parole Officers who gave their lives to the profession:
Jim Jamieson, the lead architect in the restoration of the historic State Capitol Building, designed the memorial's granite stone record of the names. Commissioned by the Division's Parole Officer's Memorial Committee in 2000, it will remain as a permanent fixture at the site.
The Division of Parole, which consists of the Board of Parole and Division staff, is established by Section 259 of the Executive Law. The mission of the Division, adopted in 1999, is:
To promote and enhance public safety and protection through the development and implementation of supervision and treatment plans for offenders returning to the community.