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Missouri DOC Conducting Pilot of 24/7 Alcohol Anklets
Date:4/7/2009

f the largest SCRAM programs in the country, will manage the monitoring services for pilot participants in Boone, Greene and St. Louis counties. "This technology has revolutionized the way that alcohol-related offenders are managed in the criminal justice system," says Mike Smith, president of EMASS. "It can save significant amounts of money for corrections programs and taxpayers while also improving public safety." In addition to EMASS, four other private companies will partner with the Division of Probation and Parole in order to manage the Pilot program. County Probation Services, Inc. will provide SCRAM to pilot participants in Vernon County; Electronic Sentencing Alternatives will manage the program in Jackson County; Midwest Monitoring Systems will manage SCRAM offenders in Scott County and Private Probation Services will manage participants in Buchanan County.

Alcohol and Crime in Missouri

According to The Century Council, which compiles DUI/DWI data state by state, more than 35,000 offenders are arrested each year for DWI in the state of Missouri. Of those, more than 28 percent are repeat offenders. Mike Iiams, chairman and CEO of Denver-based Alcohol Monitoring Systems, which manufactures and markets SCRAM nationwide, says alcohol-involved offenders represent a disproportionate percentage of the offender population. "Nearly 36 percent of violent crimes and 75 percent of domestic violence cases include offenders who were drunk at the time of the offense. And drunk drivers represent 18 percent of all those on probation each year, more than any other single offense," says Iiams. "Recidivism rates for offenders struggling with alcohol are astounding. Programs that can manage the addiction and ensure sobriety through
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