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September 25, 2008. PROBATION ASSOCIATION OF NEW JERSEY (PANJ). Separate alcohol from the offender. . . and your job will get much easier. David Connon Mid-Atlantic Region Manager Dick Irrer Director, Northern Region Alcohol Monitoring Systems Inc. . SCRAM VIDEO.

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September 25, 2008

PROBATION ASSOCIATION OF NEW JERSEY (PANJ)

Separate alcohol from the offender. . .

and your job will get much easier.

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David Connon

Mid-Atlantic Region Manager

Dick Irrer

Director, Northern Region

Alcohol Monitoring Systems Inc.

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Alcohol Monitoring Systems (AMS)

Corporate office located in Littleton, CO

Company founded in 1997

7 years and $20+ million in R&D

Privately funded

Product introduction in March 2003

100+ employees

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AMS Reputation in the Industry

CAM Market Leadership

Largest provider of electronic alcohol monitoring

Strong relationships with national special interest groups:

  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • American Probation & Parole Association (APPA)
  • National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP)
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Alcohol – A Difficult Problem for the Criminal Justice System

Legal Substance

Socially Acceptable

Available Almost Anywhere

  • Driving While Intoxicated (33%)
  • Domestic Violence (75%)
        • Other Criminal Behavior(36%) $184,700,000,000/alcohol abuse
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Alcohol : A Difficult Problem for the Criminal Justice System

*Nationally – 12,998 DUI Fatalities in 2007

*New Jersey – 724 DUI Fatalities in 2007

**New Jersey DWI Arrests – 13,359

January – June 2007

**New Jersey Domestic Violence Incidents, 35,589,

January – June 2007

* NHTSA DWI Fatality Statistics

** 2007 NJ Uniform Crime Report

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Alcohol – A Difficult Problem for the Criminal Justice System

Some People simply should not drink alcohol

Separating Alcohol from the Offender

Why is it so Difficult?

Rapid Metabolism (Absorption/Elimination)

Need for Consistency

Need for Accuracy

Positive Identification

Incident Reporting

Manpower Intensive

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Alcohol – A Difficult Problem for the Criminal Justice System

Alcohol Testing Technologies

Personal Breath Testers

Urine Testing

Remote Breath Testers

Vehicle Ignition Interlock

ALL ARE POINT-IN-TIME MEASUREMENTS

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Why random testing does not work

Alcohol metabolizes quickly

  • Offenders can drink around random breathalyzer tests

Offender is Sober

6 AM

Offender Starts

Drinking

6 PM

Breathalyzer

Test

7 AM

Offender Peaks

0.095

Breathalyzer

Test

7 AM

Breathalyzer

Test

5 PM

Unless you're lucky, random point-in-time testing will miss most drinking events

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What Is needed?

Continuous offender accountabilityAutomated 24 x 7 testingComprehensivenext-day reportingCourt-supportedtechnology

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CAM Testing Methods

  • Alcohol metabolizes quickly
    • CAM monitors an offender’s alcohol consumption continuously, 24x7!

Offender is Sober

6 AM

Offender Starts

Drinking

6 PM

Offender Peaks

0.095

Entire drinking event is recorded

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Assess

Detect

Deter

The Role of Continuous Alcohol Monitoring

Assess

  • Identify/Direct Offenders to treatment and supervision

Detect

  • Improve Supervision/Intervention
  • Separate Compliant from Noncompliant Offenders

Deter

  • Offender Accountability – Stay Sober or Else
  • Enhance Public Safety

Separate Alcohol From the Offender

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At The Core: Responsibility & Accountability

Shift Responsibility/Accountability to Offender

  • 24 x7 Testing vs. Point in Time Testing
  • Cannot Drink Around 24x7 Testing
  • Awareness of Testing Increases Successes
  • Long-Term Abstinence Increases Success Rates

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SCRAM – Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor

Worn on the ankle 24/7

Goes where the offender goes

Tests for alcohol every 30 minutes

Uses transdermal technology to measure alcohol as it evaporates through the skin

Automatically collects, stores, and transfers all data to the SCRAM modem on a predetermined schedule

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SCRAM System Components

SCRAM ankle bracelet

  • Secured to offenders leg

SCRAM modem

  • Plugs into an analog telephone line
  • Stores alcohol readings, tamper alerts, and diagnostic data
  • Sends all data to SCRAMNET

SCRAMNET

  • Web-based application managed by AMS where offender data is collected, stored, and analyzed
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What Does SCRAM Detect?

Alcohol

Tampers/Obstructions

Environmental Interferrants

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SCRAM GRAPHS

  • Non-compliant offender:

SCRAM Detected the Consumption of Alcohol

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SCRAM GRAPHS

Non-compliant Offender - Obstruction

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SCRAM GRAPHS

Environmental Interferant Detected

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TransdermalAlcohol Testing

  • A percentage of alcohol is excreted unchanged wherever water is removed from the body – breath, urine, perspiration, and saliva
  • Unaltered alcohol excretion permits an accurate measurement using both breath and insensible skin perspiration
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Transdermal Testing

  • Used as a screening device to determine whether a small, moderate, or large amount of alcohol has been consumed
  • Does not produce a specific BAC reading
  • Recent studies conclude that transdermal alcohol readings correlate with BAC readings
  • Transdermal testing has a time delay in the absorption, peak, and elimination of alcohol
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Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)

Transdermal Alcohol Content (TAC)

Absorption and Elimination Rates

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SCRAM Research

NHTSA

  • “Evaluating Transdermal Alcohol Measuring Devices”

University of Colorado Health Sciences

  • “Validity of Transdermal Alcohol Monitoring: Fixed and Self-Regulated Dosing” (Sakai JT (2006) Alcohol Clin. Exp. Res. 30:1, 26-33)

Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF)

Other Studies

  • National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)- NW in Alaska
  • Acadiana Criminalistics Laboratory, LA
  • Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC)
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SCRAM Usage in the Criminal Justice System

  • DUI Offenses
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Court
  • Underage Drinking
  • Prison Overcrowding
  • Condition of Bail
  • Probation/Parole
  • Sanction/Sentence
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AMS-Supported Court Hearings

SCRAM technology is upheld in court hearings and challenges across the country

  • 50 evidentiary hearings in 19 States
  • 19 hearings resulted in Frye/Daubert rulings
  • 18 of 19 courts determined that evidence was admissible
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Program Efficiency

100%

8.2%

.0033%

of non-compliant offenders

of non-compliant offenders

of non-compliant offenders

14,888

1,226

50

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SCRAM TODAY*

155,151,236 tests performed

73,533offenders monitored

SCRAM programs in 46 states

Over 1650 courts and agencies using SCRAM

* As of August 31, 2008

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SCRAM Program Objectives

Ensure participants maintain sobriety

Increase accountability of participants through continuous monitoring

Provide alternatives to court system

Reduce recidivism by addressing root cause of the problem and modifying behavior

Decrease impact of DUI and alcohol-related cases on the system

Provide evidence-based program statistics

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SCRAM Program Summary

  • Proven Product & Technology
    • Peer Reviewed
    • Court Validated
    • National Acceptance
  • Addresses Root Cause of Alcohol Problem
    • Assesses the offender’s alcohol problem
    • Places compliance responsibility on the offender
    • Provides for rapid intervention upon violation
    • Provides constant awareness – deterrence
  • Successful Program Implementations
    • Across a broad spectrum of criminal-justice applications
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