Estimates from the U.S. Department of Justice show that 1/3 of offenders supervised in the community each year with electronic surveillance alternatives would have otherwise been incarcerated. The average cost of supervising a probationer in 2008: $3.42 a day. The average daily cost of a prison inmate: 20 times higher, at $78.95 a day.
Electronic monitoring of offenders on probation isn’t just a trend to save money. It’s a rapidly growing practice that provides accountability and supervision at a greatly reduced cost, and it has been proven to actually improve outcomes for those under probation supervision. In 2011, the National Institute of Justice funded a study that compared probationers who were monitored electronically with a group that was not over the same six-year period. The results: The risk of failure (revocation, repeat offenses, incarceration) was reduced by 31% for offenders monitored electronically.
For a significant portion of the probation population, alcohol continues to be the root cause of the revolving door of repeat offenses. One-third of those on probation are diagnosed as alcohol-dependent or addicted in the previous year, and 15% of those on probation each and every day are there for a DWI offense. One-third of DWI offenders on probation are repeat, hard core drunk drivers.
SCRAM Systems monitoring provides OPTIONS, either standalone or in combination, for the ever-growing caseload of probationers in the U.S.