In most states, jail and prison overcrowding is a serious issue. Today, 1 in every 100 adults in the U.S. is incarcerated, and these numbers continue to grow. The expense of housing record numbers of people is crippling state budgets and costing taxpayers hundreds of millions − even billions − of dollars.
Within jail and prison populations, there is a significant link between alcohol and crime with 36% of offenders reporting they were “drinking at the time of their offense.” An even larger percentage is sent back to jail on technical violations, such as missed probation appointments. And despite the passage of laws incorporating significant jail and prison terms for DUI, Americans continue to drive while impaired at an alarming rate.
In response, judges, attorneys, and probation officers are seeking solutions that will help aease jail overcrowding. By using SCRAMx as an alternative to incarceration, courts can allow those less dangerous alcohol offenders safely back into the community knowing they are being continuously monitored for alcohol and are also confined to their homes during critical hours of the day.
SCRAMx also helps offenders achieve sustained sobriety which, as most courts know, is much more effective than incarceration in producing long-term behavioral change. By doing so, SCRAMx helps stop the revolving door between the courtroom and jail.
With regard to jail overcrowding, SCRAMx :