Jails across the United States and the world have been looking to alleviate overcrowding. Over 1800 jurisdictions have turned to remote monitoring with the SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring device. The ankle bracelet monitors alcohol consumption 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Participants in the program are required to wear the device for a monitoring period (30 days to over a year). The length of monitoring depends on the severity of the case, such as whether a person charged with driving under the influence has 1 or more previous DUI convictions.
SCRAM CAM bracelets tests a participant for alcohol consumption every 30 minutes by monitoring the sweat excreted on the alcohol. The results are transmitted to the monitoring agency. The frequency of the transmissions is determined by the risk of the offender. While the device is testing, it emits a light vibration detectable only to the wearer. Other than that, the device can be hidden under a pantleg and makes no other noise.
The SCRAM device requires complete sobriety during the monitoring period. Alcohol consumption is immediately reported to the monitoring agency and handled through the court. Jurisdictions across the nation have used the device to monitor a number of defendants, keeping them out of jail and away from alcohol. Participants can remain active members of their community, maintaining their jobs and assisting their loved ones.