SCRAMx – Alcohol and Home Confinement / Curfew Compliance Monitoring
Diversified Monitoring and Recovery is proud to offer the latest technology in alcohol monitoring – the SCRAMx bracelet. Now transdermal alcohol testing can be combined with house arrest monitoring in one convenient ankle bracelet. The SCRAMx device is as reliable and tamperproof as the original SCRAM bracelet. It can be worn under most pant legs allowing for complete discretion.
Understanding the SCRAMx Technology
The SCRAMx device works by testing the sweat excreted through the skin for alcohol. Known as transdermal analysis, the bracelet tests perspiration samples from the skin throughout the day. Fuel cells, also found in breathalyzers, react with the ethanol in alcohol to detect consumption. The house arrest portion of the device is monitored through the device connecting with a base station. A pre-determined schedule is established which requires the offender to be home for a particular set of hours, the bracelet sends signals to the base station acknowledging that the person is in fact complying with the home confinement requirement. An alert is created if the offender is not at home during the required times or if the offender attempts to remove the device.
The SCRAMx device features a number of state-of-the-art testing components including RF/Location, Transdermal Alcohol and Anti-Tamper Tests.
The RF/Location test is conducted during the offender’s required home confinement period. The bracelet is in constant communication with the Base Station, which is plugged in to a phone line. The Base Station then communicates to a web-based application generating reports. An alert is triggered when an offender is out of range from the Base Station during the required house arrest period. The house arrest component of the SCRAMx bracelet is not a GPS Monitoring device. GPS monitoring can determine the exact location of a person, while home confinement monitoring simply determines whether someone is at home during the required time according to a pre-determined schedule generally set by probation or the courts.
Transdermal Alcohol testing is conducted every 30 minutes. The SCRAMx device measures the perspiration excreted from the skin to determine if any ethanol has been consumed. An alert is created if there is a .02 Blood Alcohol Concentration. Reports are generated once a day in most cases but can be uploaded up to six times per day for high-risk offenders. The reporting for alcohol consumption is extremely complex, thus a single sample is not as relevant as information over a period of time. A probation officer or requesting agency may still have access to a report even if alcohol consumption is under .02% but all violations are confirmed to avoid false positives, which are extremely rare. Confirmed violations are reported to authorities within 24 hours.
The SCRAMx device has a number of tamperproof features designed to protect the user and the device. Accuracy is of the utmost importance when an offender is being monitored for alcohol consumption and house arrest compliance. The bracelet has built in temperature and Infrared sensors ensuring that there is nothing between the device and the offender’s skin. Strap and battery sensors provide confidence that the offender has not attempted to remove the device and diagnostic tests are regularly run to ensure it is working properly.
Costs for SCRAMx
The cost for a SCRAMx device generally depends on the county that you are required to complete monitoring in. There is an initial installation fee plus a per day fee for the combined house arrest and alcohol monitoring. The per diem fee may be determined by a number of factors including income, court fees and fines and the length of required monitoring. Generally, the offender pays the costs of the monitoring including the installation fee and fees associated with daily monitoring. In some cases, there may be a government program, which covers a portion of the costs.
How reliable are SCRAMx Results?
The test results from SCRAM monitoring have held up across the country in court challenges. Whether an offender is in court for a probation hearing or an evidentiary hearing, the transdermal alcohol testing has met the requirements to satisfy the court. Monitoring through the SCRAM device has proven accurate and met the stringent standards of Daubert, Frye and hybrid requirements.
SCRAMx Monitoring Requirements
Offenders may be required to wear the device anywhere from a few weeks to several years depending on the offense and the court. On average, courts require around 90 days of monitoring through the bracelet. A person may be required to wear the device under a number of different scenarios including pre-sentencing or pre-trial supervision, as a condition of probation, in compliance with DUI Court or in lieu of actual jail time. Offenders required to wear the SCRAMx bracelet are usually sentenced by a judge as a condition of their ongoing case or as a sentencing component. While the SCRAMx device is often used in drunk driving related cases, other offenders may be required to wear the bracelet including those accused or convicted of domestic violence, underage drinkers, and as a condition in family court when sobriety is a necessary condition for child visitation.
DMS only provides pre-sentenced Home Confinement & Curfew Compliance clients. We DO NOT service court ordered sentenced home confinement cases.