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.
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
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
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
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
The following quotations reflect the experiences that participants most frequently
report from their time on SCRAMx*:
While SCRAMx helps protect public safety, offenders also feel more secure while
on the device, often referring to the experience as "life-saving."
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
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
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
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
- With more than 165,000 offenders monitored, nearly 3 out of 4 were compliant while
- 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
- 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
*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
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;
- Incur repeat DUI arrests; and/or
- Are highly resistant to behavioral change despite previous sanctions, treatment
*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
- 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
- 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
- Protects community safety
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