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Prison & Jail Depopulation

In 2008, the U.S. hit a new record: that year over 2.3 million people were incarcerated in local jails and prisons.

But since that peak, the number of people behind bars has slowly decreased. The high costs of incarceration, judicial rulings on prison overcrowding, the rise in alternatives like Treatment Courts, and a political push for criminal justice reform have all contributed toward a policy shift in many jurisdictions: reserving incarceration for the individuals we’re afraid of, not the ones we’re mad at.

Electronic monitoring is a key component of the jail and prison depopulation trend. Whether it is for offenders who have been released from jail or for those who are under community supervision in lieu of incarceration, many programs are using SCRAM alcohol and location monitoring technologies to reduce costs, enhance public safety, and ensure offenders fulfill the conditions of their release.

Sheriffs

Sheriffs programs are the fastest growing segment in the electronic monitoring industry. With the burden of managing pretrial and less violent offenders for long periods, these technologically forward-thinking programs have learned to leverage technology effectively to balance costs and community safety.

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SCRAM Programs for Sheriffs

Pretrial Release

The pretrial system helps communities address public safety concerns and reduce jail costs for pretrial defendants, while allowing clients to maintain their employment and fulfill their family obligations. From court-mandated sobriety to curfew requirements and exclusion zones, SCRAM Systems alcohol and location monitoring tools are widely used to monitor clients’ compliance with pretrial conditions while awaiting adjudication.

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SCRAM Programs for Pretrial

Jail Overcrowding Statistics

  • The U.S. has 5% of the world’s population but houses 20% of the world’s inmates
  • One in 110 adults are incarcerated in a prison or local jail in the U.S.
  • While the crime rate has dropped more than 40% over the last 20 years, 2.2 million people are behind bars in the U.S.
  • The average cost to house an inmate in 2010 was $31,307
  • Some states spend upwards of $60,000 annually per inmate
SCRAM Program Statistics

Sobering Up Blog

Canada: “Reasonable Suspicion” Not Needed For DUI Breath Tests

Starting next year, drivers in Canada could be required to take alcohol breath tests regardless of whether officers have a “reasonable suspicion” that they are driving under the influence of alcohol.

SCRAM in the News

'Sobriety tags' trialled by Lincolnshire, Humberside and North Yorkshire police forces

Offenders who commit crimes while under the influence of alcohol could be issued with so-called sobriety tags as part of a two-year trial.

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.