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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.

Probation Statistics

  • In 2011, 16% of those on probation were re-incarcerated, either for revocation or a new offense
  • Average length of time on probation: 22 months
  • Between 2002 and 2009, 33.8% of probationers were diagnosed with alcohol dependence or abuse issues
  • 15% of those under probation supervision are there for a DWI offense

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