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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.

SCRAM in Tribal Court Programs

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

SCRAM Programs for Tribal Courts

Case Study

Lower Brule Sioux Tribal Court SCRAM CAM Program Targets Repeat Offenders

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.

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Tribal Court Statistics

  • Arrest rates for Native Americans for alcohol violations, including DUI, liquor law violations, and drunkenness, are double the national rate.
  • Alcohol or substance abuse is involved in more than 90% of the criminal cases in most Tribal Courts
  • Nearly 12% of the deaths among Native Americans and Alaska Natives are alcohol-related—more than three times the percentage in the general population.
  • Chronic Liver Disease and Cirrhosis are the 5th leading cause of death of American Indians and Alaskan Natives
  • Almost 62% of Native Americas who are victims of violent crime report that the offender was drunk at the time of the offense, compared to the national average of 42%
  • 46% of Native Americans released from a state prison are-convicted of a new crime within 3 years
  • 14% of Indian Country inmates are incarcerated for DUI/DWI
  • 18% are incarcerated for domestic violence
SCRAM Program Statistics

Sobering Up Blog

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SCRAM in the News

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Client Voices

SCRAM CAM Testimonial

Hear Dennis talk about his struggles with alcohol and how SCRAM CAM helped him get his life back on track.