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
When Colorado became the first U.S. state to permit the sale of recreational marijuana in 2014, some expressed concerns that the state would see a huge spike in drug-impaired driving. Four years later, the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice reports that cannabis alone accounts for about 6% of DUIs, while more than 90% of impaired drivers are under the influence alcohol or a combination of drugs and alcohol.
SCRAM in the News
With nearly 1,800 DUI arrests in 2016, Lake County has the one of the highest rates of drunk driving in Illinois. A new alcohol monitoring program is designed to keep repeat offenders sober, 24-hours a day.
Hear Ron talk about his struggles with alcohol and how SCRAM CAM helped get his life back on track.