According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 75% of all cases of domestic violence (DV), the victim perceives the abuser to be under the influence of alcohol. But while the majority of domestic violence incidents involve alcohol, monitoring these high-risk offenders to ensure physical separation between the victim and the offender is essential. That includes continuously monitoring DV offenders for compliance with protective orders and substance abuse treatment.
Thanks to a growing focus on domestic violence issues over the last few decades, there has been a surge in the development of domestic violence courts throughout the U.S., with more than 350 currently operational. Safety and offender accountability are key, and agencies require flexible options in monitoring technologies in order to customize the type of accountability that is appropriate for these high-risk offenders.
SCRAM Systems integrated monitoring platform, which allows agencies to intensify or decrease supervision easily, is proving to be a key tool for DV programs. The ability to utilize any type of location or alcohol monitoring in one, integrated platform is ideal for programs managing high caseloads and large dockets.
Aurora, IL – Kane County is one of the five “collar counties” comprising the Chicago metropolitan area, with Aurora as the largest city within the County. In 2007, Kane County instituted its very successful SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring program, becoming the third Illinois county to leverage CAM technology to more effectively manage alcohol offenders (particularly in the areas of DUI and Domestic Violence), help reduce jail overcrowding, save taxpayer dollars, and better protect its citizens.
Sobering Up Blog
America is currently in the grip of an addiction crisis—the opioid epidemic. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), over 64,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2016, more than the number of Americans killed during the entirety of the Vietnam War. While the devastating effects of opioid addiction have been well-publicized in recent years, many states continue to designate alcohol abuse as their priority.
SCRAM in the News
In 2017, 745 people on bail conditions or probation/parole in Lancaster County wore a SCRAM device under the county’s DUI repeat offender program.
Hear Ron talk about his struggles with alcohol and how SCRAM CAM helped get his life back on track.