According to Hudson Valley 360 the Greene County Probation Department is considering alternatives to incarceration. As part of their consideration, they are looking at the SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring bracelet. The device is worn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and tests for alcohol consumption around every 30 minutes. The device is worn under a normal pant leg and does not prevent the wearer from showering, working out or performing most normal activities. While the device cannot be completely submerged in water, it is water-resistant. Any attempts to tamper with the device are immediately reported to the monitoring company.
Jurisdictions across the country have implemented the use of SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring devices. The jail alternative has allowed law enforcement to ease overcrowding and save taxpayers millions of dollars. Many jurisdictions require offenders to pay out of pocket for the device spending between $13 and $18 per day. Offenders required to wear the device must stay completely sober for the duration of the monitoring period. Any alcohol consumption is immediately reported and handled by the appropriate authorities. In some cases, it may be considered a violation of probation resulting in additional charges.
Devices like the SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring bracelets enable law enforcement to save tens of thousands of dollars each year by keeping offenders out of jail. It helps people stay employed and ensures that they are not drinking.