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NHTSA Case Studies

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a report, Transdermal Alcohol Monitoring: Case Studies, which takes an in-depth look at the state of high-tech alcohol monitoring for drunk drivers.

The Case Studies, commissioned in 2010, profile six jurisdictions in the U.S. that are using transdermal alcohol monitors—and specifically SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring bracelets—to manage and monitor drunk drivers and other alcohol-involved offenders. The objectives of the study include evaluating the prevalence of transdermal alcohol bracelets in the justice system, assessing the reliability of transdermal monitors as a tool for monitoring drunk drivers, and sharing lessons learned from the profiled jurisdictions with other programs looking to adopt the technology.

Because the entire report is 136 pages in length, the following documents are Executive Summaries of each of the six selected jurisdictions, as well as an Executive Summary of the entire report. They are republished from the original document and have not been edited by SCRAM Systems.

City and County of Denver Electronic Monitoring Program

Denver’s Electronic Monitoring Program is a city-run agency that provides all electronic monitoring services for offenders of the Denver city and county court and jail systems. 

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23rd Judicial Circuit of Jefferson County, Missouri

Jefferson County is located in east central Missouri and utilizes transdermal alcohol monitoring on repeat alcohol offenders pretrial or as a condition of probation; and felony level offenders involved in domestic violence, serious assaults, or who have violated a special condition not to consume alcohol.

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Nebraska Supreme Court Office of Probation Administration

The Nebraska Supreme Court Office of Probation Administration is responsible for over 17,000 adult offenders on probation in the State at any given time. The program uses transdermal monitors on both alcohol and drug offenders.

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New York 8th Judicial District Hybrid DWI Court

The DWI court in the 8th Judicial District utilizes transdermal monitors on nonviolent, felony DWI offenders who have at least one prior DWI conviction (misdemeanor or felony) and who have been identified as having an alcohol abuse problem. 

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North Dakota Attorney General 24/7 Sobriety Program

A look at North Dakota’s statewide 24/7 Sobriety Program, which provides an alternative to incarceration for offenders charged with, or convicted of, driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances. North Dakota’s program also applies the 24/7 model to domestic violence offenders and other alcohol-fueled offenders. 

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Wisconsin Community Services, Inc.

Wisconsin Community Services, Inc. (WCS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit service agency that manages offender monitoring programs in six Wisconsin counties. Their transdermal program is a Pretrial Intensive Supervision (ISP) Program.

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