Is SCRAM better than Interlock for Alcohol Monitoring?
Alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelets (also called SCRAM bracelets for “Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring”) provide a way for courts to oversee people who have been ordered to not drink alcohol. Made famous by celebrities convicted of driving under the influence (DWI), SCRAM bracelets are increasingly ordered by courts for citizens accused of DWI.
Court-Ordered Alcohol Monitoring
In addition to DWI cases, courts also order alcohol monitoring for parents in family court, people accused or convicted of domestic violence while drinking, children under the age of 21 who are caught drinking, and drug addicts who also use alcohol.
In criminal cases, the court orders the defendant to wear the bracelet for a set period of time, often 60 or 90 days, but sometimes for as long as a year, as a term of probation or parole. During that time, the bracelet cannot be removed. SCRAM bracelets are the products of a private company, Alcohol Monitoring Systems, are designed with several anti-tampering features. If the defendant tampers with the device or tests positive for alcohol, the court may terminate probation or parole and the defendant may end up in a treatment facility, jail, or prison.
How Does SCRAM Work?
SCRAM bracelets work by monitoring the wearer’s perspiration every 30 minutes. The device is similar to a Breathalyzer by determining the level of alcohol, if any, in the person’s body. Results are uploaded via modem and monitored by the private company. If the defendant tests positive for alcohol, the company reports it to the court. Courts report that most defendants successfully complete alcohol monitoring without incident. Preliminary studies have shown that wearing a SCRAM bracelet for at least 90 days, when coupled with alcohol treatment, can reduce the risk that a person convicted of driving under the influence will re offend.
Are SCRAM Bracelets Accurate?
Generally, courts have decided that SCRAM bracelets are scientifically sound and that evidence of alcohol consumption and tampering are reliable enough to be admitted into court proceedings. A defendant would probably have to have some evidences that the device was malfunctioning in order to successfully challenge SCRAM results.
Although a defendant could try to argue that SCRAM is an invasion of privacy, alcohol monitoring is usually imposed as a condition of probation or parole and therefore, as an alternative to incarceration. It would be difficult to claim that alcohol monitoring is a greater civil liberties violation that jail or prison. However, courts cannot order alcohol monitoring without evidence that the person has some sort of drinking problem.
How Much Do SCRAM Bracelets Cost?
Alcohol monitoring can be pricey. Usually, defendants are charged a one-time installation fee ($50 to $100) and a daily monitoring fee (around $10 to $15), so monthly costs after installation can be as high as $450.
Interlock vs SCRAM-Which is better?
Although SCRAM offers the benefit of automated tests every 30 minutes and optional house arrest, Smart Start’s IN-HOM™ S.M.A.R.T. Mobile™ is a better solution for clients of all risk levels. The S.M.A.R.T. Mobile™ is fully customizable, so the device can be used for initial periods of frequent testing and for a step-down program. The S.M.A.R.T. Mobile™ boasts up to 10 daily testing windows. It also provides options for random test scheduling and tests on demand. Whereas SCRAM results are only visible when the client downloads the results via base, wireless base, Direct Connect™, or Ethernet, the S.M.A.R.T. Mobile™ has the connectivity for daily uploads. Our cellular technology enables the device to upload results to our proprietary software, SmartWeb®, after each scheduled test window. Furthermore, monitoring authorities are notified immediately of any client violations, so sanctions can be imposed in real time. While SCRAM is affixed to the client, the device is ultimately passive; the client rarely interacts with it. The S.M.A.R.T. Mobile™ engages multiple senses, forcing the client to engage thoroughly—and, in doing so, remain accountable for his/her consumption behaviors. The S.M.A.R.T. Mobile™ is also equipped with a camera and facial detection capabilities, so each test is accompanied by a clear picture identifying the client. This eliminates the potential for circumvention. A more detailed comparison is here.
Lastly, the effectiveness of the S.M.A.R.T. Mobile™ comes at a more affordable price of approximately $4 per day. (SCRAM is $10-12 per day.) The enrollment fee is only $30, and the $129 monthly lease is inexpensive when compared to other monitoring options.
An Expert DWI Attorney Urges Caution if either interlock or SCRAM is ordered.
If you are ordered to wear a SCRAM bracelet as a condition of parole or probation, you should talk to a local criminal defense attorney about your case. An attorney can explain the legal risks and benefits of alcohol monitoring. If you are charged with a SCRAM violation, you need an attorney who understands how the technology works and how to challenge SCRAM evidence in court. Whenever you are charged with a criminal offense, the best defense is to consult an experienced attorney about the matter.
WHY WOMEN HATE SCRAM DEVICE
Women hate scram device because it is too noticeable on skinny jeans, pants with a small cuff, will not fit over bracelet. And it will not allow ladies to catch more fun; like swimming in the pool, hot water tubs, and large body of water. It makes women not fit comfortable while sleeping with thick bracelet around ankle.