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SCRAM Systems and Community Supervision

According to the Pew Center on the States, 1 in every 45 adults in the U.S. is now under criminal justice supervision in the community. And the financial crisis of the last five years has forced more individuals into community supervision in order to reduce the staggering costs of incarceration.

Alcohol misuse is a dominant issue in community corrections. More than 1.3 million people are convicted each year for crimes that were committed while under the influence of alcohol, but did not involve the operation of a vehicle. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 40% of violent crimes are committed under the influence of alcohol.

But alcohol isn’t the only issue, and community corrections officials have found opportunity amidst the crisis. According to a 2011 study funded by the National Institute of Justice, “monitoring significantly reduces the likelihood of failure under community supervision.”

Technologies such as the SCRAM Systems suite of products have taken center stage as a way to enhance supervision and accountability during community supervision at a fraction of the cost of incarceration. Our technologies are streamlining case management, providing flexible OPTIONS for type and intensity of supervision, and enabling offenders to maintain a job and contribute to family obligations.

Community Supervision Statistics

  • When electronic monitoring is used on offenders, the decline in the risk of failure is 31%, compared with offenders placed in other forms of community supervision
  • 1.3 million offenders each year are convicted for crimes committed while under the influence of alcohol, but did not involve the operation of a vehicle
  • 1 in every 45 Americans is under community corrections supervision
  • The cost of imprisonment is six times higher than the cost of electronic monitoring

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