Since 2003, SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring (CAM) has been used throughout the United States as an alternative to incarceration. As such, it is proving to have a significant impact on prison and jail overcrowding while reaping significant cost savings to local communities. Initial evaluations provide similar conclusions for Indian Country.
Several Tribal Courts are utilizing the SCRAM CAM technology. To-date more than $1 million has been saved in jail cost through SCRAM CAM Tribal Court programs. Today, the use of CAM combined with RF/house arrest monitoring is growing in popularity as a Tribal Court tool.
“In a single year, more than half of my SCRAM clients were on the system in lieu of jail, for 15,222 days of suspended jail time. The cost savings to BIA Corrections was $1.3 million dollars. In one year. SCRAM works!”
— Judge Lorrie Miner, Lower Brule Sioux Tribal Court
Lower Brule, SD – The Lower Brule Sioux Reservation is located along a stretch of the Missouri River in central South Dakota, and the tribe is one of nine in the state. The Lower Brule Sioux are members of the Sicangu bands of the Lakota Tribe and are governed by the Lower Brule Sioux Tribal Council. The median household income is less than $19,000, about half the median for the rest of South Dakota.
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.