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NCJ Number: 222273 Find in a Library
Title: From Hollywood's 'Not' List to Corrections 'Hot' List
Journal: Law Enforcement Technology  Volume:35  Issue:3  Dated:March 2008  Pages:94,96,101
Author(s): Tabatha Wethal
Date Published: March 2008
Page Count: 7
Type: Report (Technical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper examines the technology, uses, and potential effects of the SCRAM (Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor) bracelet, which performs hourly testing of the wearer's alcohol consumption and retains the data.
Abstract: The bracelet, while strapped to the wearer's ankle, takes an air sample once every hour to test for alcohol consumption. SCRAM can recognize the difference between perfumes or colognes and drinking. All data collected by the bracelet is transmitted daily through a modem placed in the wearer's home. The initial transmission goes to the manufacturer's (Alcohol Monitoring Systems) SCRAMNet data center in Colorado. The data are then relayed the next day to the designated authorities supervising the SCRAM wearer. Persons referred by a court to become SCRAM wearers typically include drunk-driving offenders, domestic-violence offenders with an alcohol problem as a contributing factor, and abusing parents whose alcohol problem is a significant factor in the abuse. In addition, SCRAM has been used in cases of under-age drinking and for offenders under the supervision of a drug court who may turn to alcohol while being tested for other drugs. Marion County (Indiana) has used SCRAM for more than 4 years. The executive director of Marion County Community Corrections reports that the bracelet has changed some offenders, as they have adjusted their behavior to the nonconsumption of alcohol. He reports that some wearers have made numerous attempts to defeat the bracelet's testing procedure by placing obstructions between the bracelet and the leg. The bracelet detects such efforts with an infrared sensor that shoots a beam to the leg and back again, which detects obstructions. SCRAM, which has been on the market since 2003, has been an issue in several evidentiary hearings, and its testing results have endured legal challenges in 10 States.
Main Term(s): Corrections management
Index Term(s): Alcohol consumption analysis; Alcoholic beverage consumption; Alcoholism detection; Alternatives to institutionalization; Corrections Equipment; Intensive probation; Offender supervision; Parole supervision
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