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2010-10-13 10:00:00

MISSOULA, Mont., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Judges in Missoula and surrounding counties are some of the first in the country to implement a new electronic monitoring program that combines home detention (or "house arrest") and 24/7 alcohol monitoring in one anklet. The program, known as SCRAMx, is said to be cutting incarceration costs as well as giving judges more options for keeping tabs on repeat offenders in both Montana's urban and rural areas. SCRAM (for Secure Continuous Remote...

2010-10-07 15:37:00

ATLANTA, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Judicial Correction Services, Inc., the leading provider of probation services in the United States, continues its long history of growth. In spite of a down economy, JCS, Inc. signed over twenty new jurisdictions in 2009 and ranked 2305 on the Inc. 5000 fastest growing companies in America. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100817/INC5000LOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100817/INC5000LOGO) JCS foresees continued growth of the...

2010-09-21 08:00:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has commissioned and launched an 18-month study focused on evaluating the current prevalence of SCRAM (Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor) technology in the nation's courts. The new study includes the identification of best-practice SCRAM Programs and the development of case studies to help other agencies considering use of the technology. SCRAM is an ankle bracelet, worn 24/7, that...

2010-08-13 13:19:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- When more than 1,000 probation and parole officers from across the U.S. gather next week in D.C. for the American Probation and Parole Association's 35th Annual Training Institute, many will be wearing -- and testing -- a technology that's taken center stage throughout the country in the last few months: the SCRAMx alcohol monitoring anklets. Known as Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitors, the technology has been in the spotlight recently, thanks to...

2010-08-12 07:20:00

BOSTON, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- A recent analysis conducted by the Associated Press revealed that the 20 states with civil commitment laws will spend nearly $500 million in 2010 to incarcerate only 5,000 offenders. According to experts at the Boston-based Institute for Sexual Wellness (ISW), states concerned with how to pay for these programs over the long term should investigate community-based programs. Not only are such programs available at a fraction of the cost of civil commitment,...

2010-08-10 17:32:52

The program, underway in five states, aims to build on the strengths of probation and parole officers as agents of change. A program developed by University of Cincinnati criminal justice researchers strives to strengthen the working relationship between probation/parole officers and offenders to help offenders stay on track toward building a life away from crime. The program, called "Effective Practices for Community Supervision Training" (EPICS), creates an action plan that addresses the...

2010-06-28 09:00:00

LOUISVILLE, Ky., June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Sheriffs across the country can now access the nation's largest criminal justice information sharing portal free of charge. Appriss, the technology provider for JusticeXchange, is making the service available at no cost to sheriffs who share data. "Appriss recognizes that sheriffs are facing tough economic times and wanted to do our part to help," said Brian Oldham, executive vice president of Appriss' Information Services Group. "Information...

2010-03-16 11:19:00

TULSA, Okla., March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- While Tulsa area courts have been using 24/7 alcohol monitoring anklets to monitor offenders since 2005, the Rogers County Felony Drug and DUI Courts are some of the first in the country to implement a new version of the technology, which includes both 24/7 alcohol testing and house arrest monitoring in the same anklet. The technology is called SCRAMx (for Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor), and it includes an ankle bracelet, worn...

2010-02-24 07:40:00

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Eastern Missouri Alternative Sentencing Services (EMASS) has announced that Saint Louis County Justice Services awarded their alcohol monitoring contract for the county's DUI offenders to EMASS and their transdermal alcohol sensors, known as SCRAM (Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitors). SCRAM includes an ankle bracelet, worn around-the-clock, that samples an offender's perspiration every 30 minutes in order to ensure compliance with court-ordered...

2009-12-08 15:00:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At yearend 2008, 7.3 million men and women were under correctional supervision, including 70 percent (about 5.1 million) who were supervised in the community on probation or parole and 30 percent (about 2.3 million) who were held in the custody of prisons or jails, the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. The correctional population increased by 0.5 percent during 2008, about a third of the average...