SCRAMx is the next generation of SCRAM that will elevate your alcohol offender management program to a whole new level. By integrating continuous alcohol monitoring (CAM) with house arrest in one device, SCRAMx lets you:
The three components to the SCRAMx system are:
The patented SCRAMx ankle bracelet – the heart of the SCRAMx system – is attached to the offender with a durable and tamper-proof strap. It is worn 24/7 by the offender for the duration of his or her court-ordered abstinence period, typically 90-120 days.
Every half hour, the bracelet captures transdermal alcohol readings by sampling the insensible perspiration collected from the air above the skin. The bracelet stores the data and, at pre-determined intervals, transmits it via radio-frequency (RF) signal to the base station.
The SCRAMx base station is the mechanism by which data is transmitted to AMS for analysis and reporting.
During installation the offender will also receive a SCRAMx base station, which plugs into an analog telephone line – usually in the offender’s home or place of work. At a pre-scheduled time(s) each day, the SCRAMx bracelet “communicates” with the base station, which then retrieves all available data from the bracelet and sends it to SCRAMNET.
Where the SCRAMx bracelet is the heart of the system, SCRAMNET is the brains. It is the information hub that not only houses all offender data, but lets you flexibly manage it in the way that is the most effective for your offender management program.
When data is received from the SCRAMx base station, it is stored in SCRAMNET, the web-based application managed by AMS where offender data is collected, analyzed, and maintained in a secure, central location.
SCRAMNET provides a wide range of reports and graphs at your fingertips – from a snapshot of a single event to a comprehensive view of an offender’s behavior over time. SCRAMNET lets you customize and easily tailor the reporting that best suits your needs and individual cases, and helps reduce your workload through exception-based reporting.
The house arrest functionality that is built into the SCRAMx device is one of the most technically advanced on the market today. Features and benefits include:
Reduces agency workload by streamlining enrollment and scheduling
Confirms the offender’s curfew compliance with expanded daily reporting features
Provides multiple alert-notification methods
Strengthens supervision while reducing labor
For more information about how SCRAMx works, play the video or download the SCRAMx Data Sheet.
When an offender is convicted of DUI, domestic violence, or another alcohol-related offense, a typical condition of sentencing or probation is that the individual must stop drinking. To enforce this, courts traditionally looked to random testing methods (blood, breath, or urine) that measure sobriety at a specific “point in time.”
However, one of the more effective advances in alcohol testing is continuous transdermal alcohol monitoring, meaning alcohol content is measured “through the skin.” Transdermal testing measures the concentration of alcohol present in the insensible perspiration that is constantly produced and given off by the skin. If an offender has been drinking, it shows up in the level of ethanol vapor present in this insensible perspiration.
Continuous transdermal alcohol monitoring – the foundation of SCRAMx – has been confirmed by the scientific community and is based on more than 70 years of research and 22 peer-reviewed studies. In recent years − through SCRAMx’s predecessor SCRAM − it has become an increasingly accepted and integral part of offender alcohol monitoring programs within courts, probation, treatment, and correctional agencies.
The science of transdermal monitoring has also been accepted in evidentiary hearings, and has been admissible in many court cases across the country.
|Transdermal Testing||Random Testing|
|Monitoring Timeframe||Continuous (24/7)||Specific point in time|
|Cost per Test||Low||High|
|Requires Medical Intervention||No||Yes|
|Impact on Staff Workload||Low||High|
|Behavioral Change||Ability to effect long-term change||Temporary suppressant|
|Disruptive to Offender||Minimal||High|