Winnebago and Boone Counties have announced they are now offering an alcohol monitoring program to offenders who otherwise may face jail time.
Offenders will be offered use of a SCRAM device, which stands for Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring. It’s a bracelet which can detect alcohol in the wearer’s system.
Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato and Boone County State’s Attorney Michelle Courier held a joint news conference to say the device can be used by judges as a condition of either bond, probation, court supervision or conditional discharge.
The defendant would agree to comply with all the requirements of the SCRAM program, pay a $75.00 installation fee and a monitoring fee of up to $15/day. Any consumption of alcohol during that time would lead to their removal from the program and follow-up legal action.
Bruscato and Courier say the SCRAM device will enhance public safety and save costs.
They add that the company which will oversee the SCRAM program, Alcohol Monitors of Illinois, has monitored over 3,000 participants so far in Northern Illinois who have collectively remained sober for over 350,000 days.