Problem-Solving Courts


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Also known as Specialty Courts, the first problem-solving court was a Drug Court in Miami-Dade County, Florida, which launched in the late 1980s. Designed to tackle what officials saw as the revolving door of repeat, drug-addicted offenders, the program took the then-revolutionary approach of combining drug treatment with the accountability and enforcement powers of the judicial system. More than two decades later, 2,800 Drug Courts are operational in the U.S., and the program has become a model for what is known today as problem-solving courts.

DUI/DWI Courts – For high-risk, Hardcore Drunk Drivers that find themselves in a DUI/DWI Court, SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring is the tool judges turn to in order to enforce the highest level of compliance while on the difficult road to recovery.

Drug Courts – Once drug-addicted offenders begin drug testing as part of the Drug Court treatment model, alcohol often becomes an offender’s #1 drug of choice. It’s legally obtained, and drug testing is not frequent enough to catch the vast majority of drinking events. Today Drug Courts are utilizing SCRAM Alcohol Monitoring technologies to close the gap and enforce alcohol compliance as part of the treatment court model.

Family Courts and Child Custody – When a parent is assessed with an alcohol dependence issue, alcohol monitoring often becomes a requirement for visitation or custody. The automated, 24/7 testing protocol of SCRAM CAM is the preferred method for monitoring parents for compliance, especially when child welfare is on the line.

Juvenile Courts and Underage Drinking – It’s an epidemic, and studies show that early problem drinking almost guarantees a lifetime of alcohol misuse and crime. But these same studies show that swift intervention—tackling the issue firmly and early—can prevent a life that enters the revolving door of drinking and re-offending. Juvenile programs, including a number of programs associated with college campuses, are working to tackle binge drinking and alcohol dependence before it destroys a life.

Veterans Treatment CourtsSCRAM Systems has been working with Veterans Treatment Courts since the first one was established in Buffalo, New York, in 2010. These hybrid Drug/Mental Health Courts serve a rapidly growing population: U.S. combat veterans struggling with addiction, physical and mental health challenges, homelessness, and unemployment.

Tribal Courts – Since 2006, SCRAM Systems has worked with Tribal Courts to implement Continuous Alcohol Monitoring programs as they work to break the devastating cycle of alcohol misuse while providing a cost-effective solution to managing the alcohol offender.

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