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Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring: Moon Security Services is an authorized SCRAMx service provider offering community-based SCRAMx services to the criminal justice system with programs in Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Morrow, Spokane, Umatilla, and Walla Walla counties.  Visit our SCRAMx site for more information.

While blood and breath tests only measure sobriety at a specific point in time, SCRAMx samples the offender’s sweat every half hour. This gives you complete 24/7 coverage, rather than just a snapshot look at when your offenders are on their best behavior.

Now with CAM and house arrest together in one device, the integrated benefits of SCRAMx let you:

  • Heighten accountability by detecting both alcohol consumption and an offender’s presence in the home
  • Reduce workload and streamline operations by eliminating the redundancies of setting up and managing two separate devices
  • Flexibly supervise offenders based on behavior using the SCRAMx Adjustable Contingency Model
  • Allow those offenders who are not a threat to the community when sober to earn jail credit for time served while being continuously monitored

Continuous Alcohol Monitoring + House Arrest

While blood and breath tests only measure sobriety at a specific point in time, SCRAMx samples the offender’s sweat every half hour. This gives you complete 24/7 coverage, rather than just a snapshot look at when your offenders are on their best behavior.

Now with CAM and house arrest together in one device, the integrated benefits of SCRAMx let you:

  • Heighten accountability by detecting both alcohol consumption and an offender’s presence in the home
  • Reduce workload and streamline operations by eliminating the redundancies of setting up and managing two separate devices
  • Flexibly supervise offenders based on behavior using the SCRAMx Adjustable Contingency Model
  • Allow those offenders who are not a threat to the community when sober to earn jail credit for time served while being continuously monitored

Transdermal Technology

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 for a specified period of time. To try to enforce this, courts have traditionally looked to random testing methods (blood, breath, EtG) that only showed if the individual was sober at the specific "point in time" the test was administered.

However, one of the more recent advances in alcohol testing is continuous transdermal alcohol monitoring, which means that alcohol is measured "through the skin," or by the concentration of alcohol present in the insensible perspiration that is constantly 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.

How Does Transdermal Compare to Random Testing?

While transdermal testing cannot determine exact blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels, it can qualitatively determine whether a person drank a little, a moderate, or a large quantity of alcohol (transdermal alcohol content or TAC). TAC results correlate well with BAC results. However, because of the way alcohol is absorbed and processed by the body, TAC peaks typically are reached 30 minutes to two hours after BAC peaks.

Learn How Alcohol is Processed by the Body

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.


What SCRAMx Means to Program Participants

Every individual who wears a SCRAMx bracelet has a unique, personal story. But after SCRAMx becomes a part of so many diverse lives, the outcomes share these common themes.

The following quotations reflect the experiences that participants most frequently report from their time on SCRAMx*:

Security

While SCRAMx helps protect public safety, offenders also feel more secure while on the device, often referring to the experience as "life-saving."

Continuous Accountability

As a constant reminder to not drink, participants frequently think of SCRAMx as a personal coach and credit their bracelets for keeping them "on the straight and narrow."

Awareness

When SCRAMx participants begin to see life clearly for what it can be – rather than the blur it used to be – they get "high" on a renewed sense of responsibility and self-worth.

Financial Responsibility

By paying their SCRAMx program fees, clients literally invest in their own success which, for many, changes their outlook about how they spend their money.

Friends and Family

SCRAMx enables participants to "see life from the other side of the fence" and envision themselves in better contexts. In turn, it lets the people in their lives embrace the positive changes these individuals begin to make.

A New Outlook

Even those participants who complain about SCRAMx admit that the program offers some undeniable upsides.

*Based on comments received from the SCRAMx Exit Survey


CAM Results

The "intensive" nature of CAM and house arrest in one device boosts offender accountability to levels never before seen in the criminal justice system.

In fact, recent studies show that 9 out of 10 offenders are fully compliant while on SCRAMx – freeing courts, probation, and agencies to focus only on the 10% who need their attention.

Before SCRAM | Random Testing
  • Hit-or-miss nature of random − or point-in-time − testing lets offenders easily drink around tests without getting caught
  • Compliance verified only at the time the test is given
  • Has the lowest effectiveness in driving accountability and long-term change
SCRAM | 2003 | Continuous Alcohol Monitoring (CAM)
  • AMS pioneers CAM to provide 24/7 coverage and give courts certainty in their monitoring results
  • With more than 165,000 offenders monitored, nearly 3 out of 4 were compliant while on SCRAM
  • Helps courts and agencies dramatically boost compliance
SCRAMx | 2010 | CAM Plus House Arrest
  • Drives compliance to over 90% with additional sanctioning power offered by house arrest
  • Adjustable supervision capabilities provide additional leverage for managing difficult offenders who try to drink or tamper
  • Judges and officers have a comprehensive and effective way to achieve unprecedented accountability

*Compliance is defined as having no drinking or tampering events during the full duration of monitoring.


Cost Effective, Automated Testing

Transdermal testing has a low cost per test, so multiple tests can be administered for the same cost as one blood or breath test. Using SCRAMx also costs significantly less than incarceration.

  • Offers a low cost per test
  • Costs significantly less than incarceration
  • Requires no labor after installation or appointments to administer tests
  • Is physically non-invasive and minimally disruptive on the offender’s daily activities

Court Acceptance

Continuous transdermal alcohol monitoring technology (the basis of SCRAMx) has been accepted in evidentiary hearings across the country, with most resulting in favorable Frye or Daubert rulings.

AMS has an excellent track record of defending SCRAMx in numerous court cases, and the vast majority of judges hearing cases involving SCRAMx have recognized that the device is accurate, reliable, and generally accepted.

Make An Even Greater Difference

Hardcore drunk drivers are a persistent problem that impacts the safety of communities nationwide. Industry-leading organizations* concur that the basic criteria defining this high-risk/high-need group are that they:

  • Drive frequently with a high blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.15 or above; and/or
  • Incur repeat DUI arrests; and/or
  • Are highly resistant to behavioral change despite previous sanctions, treatment or education

*Sources: The Century Council, National Highway Traffic Safety Association, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Traffic Injury Research Foundation

Hardcore Drunk Drivers are a serious issue for criminal justice professionals because they are:

  • Responsible for causing 2 out of 3 alcohol-related traffic fatalities
  • More likely to have excessively high BACs (0.25 or above) at their time of arrest
  • Almost 400 times more likely to be involved in fatal crashes



But in 2012, you can make a difference in your hardcore drunk driver issue with SCRAMx because it:

  • Provides 24/7 abstinence monitoring
  • Drives unprecedented accountability (8 out of 10 DUI offenders compliant while on the device)
  • Has monitored over 135,000 hardcore drunk drivers since 2003
  • Keeps hardcore drunk drivers off the road during peak DUI hours
  • Reduces recidivism by 45% in repeat DUI offenders (National Center for State Courts, 2008)
  • Protects community safety


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