You have returned from your academy training, and you have just been assigned your first case. John McMahon is a 25-year-old man who was recently convicted of possession of cocaine. He was sentenced to 2 years in prison, suspended on the condition that he serves 2 years on probation. Special conditions of probation include payment of a $500 fine, completion of any drug treatment program directed by the probation officer, and random drug testing as directed by the probation officer. During your initial interview with Mr. McMahon, you learn that he has a number of friends who are involved in the criminal justice system, and he has a history of alcohol and cocaine dependence that began when he was 17 years old. His drug abuse resulted in his failure to complete high school (he dropped out during his senior year), and he has never had any form of drug treatment. Mr. McMahon also reported that his father is an abusive alcoholic who has on occasion been physically abusive to his mother. To Mr. McMahon’s credit, he has maintained a job working as a laborer in the construction industry, where he works about 30 hours per week. He scores out as a moderate risk offender using the in-house risk assessment instrument. With this in mind, address the following in a Word document that is 750–900 words in length:
Create a document outlining the conditions of probation that Mr. McMahon must follow that includes standard conditions as well as the special conditions imposed by the court. Be sure to include identifying information as well as the sentencing information on this form.
Write a memo to your supervisor outlining how you plan to supervise Mr. McMahon. Outline how often you plan to have contact with him, what form of contact you will have (telephone, face-to-face in the office, face-to-face in the community at his job site or residence, etc.), and how frequently you will administer drug tests. What other interventions or resources will you allocate to this case? Be sure to align your response with evidence-based practices, and provide sound reasoning for your proposed plan of action in this case.