A theory-driven process evaluation of the Office of the Federal Defender's social work program

Within the last few decades, community supervision has expanded enormously within the United States, with evidence-based practice at the forefront of achieving correctional goals. However, fewer studies have examined federal probation programs in this regard. This study was the first to evaluate the Sacramento Federal Defender’s Office Social Work program. Using the risk-need-responsivity framework as a guide, this secondary data analysis evaluated whom the program was serving, and subsequently who was receiving treatment. The results suggested that the program was primarily serving higher risk post-offenders; however, the highest risk clients were not receiving all of their needs.