With so many different alcohol monitoring technologies available, it can be challenging to determine which device or method will provide the best results for each individual client. It’s important that courts and agencies learn about the differences between breath testing and continuous alcohol monitoring technology before adding them to a client’s supervision plan.
Alcohol use has been prevalent throughout history and that continues to be true today. Unfortunately, the adverse effects of alcohol use and abuse are well-known. The need for accurate and reliable methods to identify traces of alcohol in the body has led to the development of many technologies—each with its own features, benefits, and limitations.
Alcohol misuse, abuse, and addiction are common among probation populations—46% of probationers reported being under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of their offense and 14% are under supervision for a DUI. But probation departments across the country are emphasizing results-oriented supervision by leveraging technology to address alcohol-involved crimes.
Repeat and hardcore drunk drivers account for the most serious alcohol-related crimes and pose a significant threat to their communities. But innovative, criteria-based programs utilizing alcohol monitoring technology can help reduce the danger caused by these types of alcohol clients and put them on the path to sobriety.
Research shows that “one-size-fits-all” alcohol programs don’t work. Effective and cost-efficient programs tailor requirements to fit each client’s needs and risks. SCRAM Systems provides the solutions you need to manage the full range of alcohol clients in your program and reduce risks to your community.
As part of their monitoring regimen, officers may want to know a client’s location in addition to their alcohol monitoring. While the SCRAM CAM® bracelet does not have built-in GPS, SCRAM Systems offers other solutions that can be used in tandem with or in lieu of a continuous alcohol monitoring bracelet.
DUI clients know they are not allowed to drink alcohol while wearing the SCRAM CAM® bracelet—but what about using products that contain trace amounts of alcohol—like mouthwash or perfume? It’s important to know which products are permitted for use while wearing SCRAM CAM to avoid any potential tamper or drinking alerts.
False Positive Rates, False Negative Rates, and Positive Predictive Values are specific diagnostic test statistics that have been evaluated as part of rigorous testing protocols of SCRAM CAM devices. Literature shows little to no evidence of any false positives in field and laboratory settings.
With a 93% compliance rate for those monitored with SCRAM Remote Breath®, and 63 SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring® (SCRAM CAM®) bracelets assigned in 2018, the Ravalli County, Montana, Jail Diversion program is helping clients successfully complete their sentences within a model alcohol and electronic monitoring program.
More than one in four adults in the North East drink at levels that put them at risk and 40% of crime is linked to alcohol use. Because of this, local PCCs are calling on the government to introduce justice reforms to help reduce alcohol use and address alcohol-related crime.