Wednesday, March 28, 2007
More Media Coverage of the Alcohol Monitoring Ankle Bracelet
In today's Chicago Tribune there is a story reprinted from the Denver Post about the use of Vice Squad fetish SCRAM, the "Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor," in Colorado. SCRAM is the ankle bracelet that uses perspiration on your skin to calculate your blood-alcohol content; some courts are requiring SCRAM for alcohol-related offenders. The monitoring isn't really continuous: it's hourly, but that is much more frequent than with most other alcohol-monitoring technologies. Since 2003, more than 2,000 Coloradans have been outfitted with the ankle bracelet at one time or another, and currently, according to a spokesperson for the manufacturer, 8,000 bracelets are in use nationally. Today's article also notes that the significant monetary cost to the wearer -- about $12 daily and a set-up fee of $50 to $100 -- has led to the ankle bracelet being nicknamed SCAM by some of its customers.
Vice Squad last noted the SCRAM bracelet in February, when the Attorney General of South Dakota was sporting one.