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 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.
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.
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.