This month authorities in northern England launched a sobriety tagging program for individuals who commit crimes while under the influence of alcohol.
Administered by the Humberside, Lincolnshire & North Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company (HLNY CRC), the program will use SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring (SCRAM CAM) in an effort to reduce alcohol misuse and alcohol-involved offenses.
The new pilot is modeled on the Mayor of London’s Alcohol Abstinence Monitoring Requirement (AAMR), which was the first program in the U.K. to require compulsory, monitored sobriety for individuals. To date, the London program has supervised more than 600 people with SCRAM CAM bracelets, which are commonly called “sobriety tags” in the U.K.
According to Amy Gilbert, head of operations at HLNY CRC, “using these tags whilst also delivering rehabilitative interventions in this pilot will allow HLNY CRC to assess how it can reduce re-offending and reduce the number of victims being created.”
Transdermal alcohol monitoring is still a novelty in the U.K., and the pilot’s use of SCRAM CAM has grabbed the attention of the local and national press. Read some of the stories below: