Key points of the SCRAM Testing
- Transdermal readings are taken continuously every 30 minutes.
- Anti circumventions technology that can detect:
•Attempts to obstruct the samples being taken
- Can store up to 30 days worth of alcohol readings within the Tag.
- Up to 90-day battery life.
- Water resistant.
Additional Key Points
- Fits comfortably around the ankle.
- Should a positive reading occur these are checked to confirm
they are genuine drinking events.
- You can choose to be updated after each confirmed drinking
event or receive weekly/monthly court-approved reports.
- Fitted by a DNA Legal SCRAM expert.
- Conducted over 3.8 billion Alcohol tests
- SCRAM is currently being used in all 50 US states,
Canada, Australia, New Zealand, The Netherland
and the UK
- 99% of all monitored days have
been sober days
Combining Blood, Hair and SCRAM testing
When combining blood, hair and SCRAM testing you receive the full benefit for the case:
• Initial Hair and Blood Tests determine the baseline of past alcohol abuse
• 3 Months of SCRAM monitoring help support a change in abuse
• After Removal of SCRAM, optional blood testing monthly, followed by a hair & blood
test to confirm no relapse in alcohol use
Court Approved Reporting
- On-demand court-approved reports can be provided monthly.
- Notification of positive drinking events can beprovided within 24 hours of occurring.
- Notification of tamper evidence can be provided within 24 hours of occurring.
When is SCRAM required?
Ankle bracelets for alcohol monitoring are often used to supervise:
- Domestic violence offenders whose alcohol abuse contributed to their offense
- Drug offenders who typically begin alcohol abuse when being routinely drug tested
- Offenders with alcohol addiction issues
However, not all usage of the SCRAM is due to a criminal element. They are also used in family court to:
- Enforce the sobriety of a parent to ensure they are fit and capable of childcare
- Assess a parent’s alcohol problem for a variety of reasons
- Maintain sobriety for custody and visitation rights
How effective is the SCRAM bracelet?
SCRAM reports that around 99.4% of wearers refrain from alcohol and remain compliant, therefore proving the technology to be an impressive deterrent for alcohol abuse. Through the use of transdermal technology, ethanol can be detected with full accuracy, helping a variety of legal cases and defendants.
When does the SCRAM register a positive result?
The technology behind SCRAM testing uses transdermal alcohol concentration (TAC), as opposed to a breathalyser, which uses blood alcohol concentration (BAC) for testing.
For both tests, the minimum alcohol level to register a positive result is a score of 0.02.
Is the SCRAM bracelet uncomfortable?
Many people assigned an ankle monitor are concerned that it might be uncomfortable or cause side effects, but this is extremely rare. There have been known to be people who report irritation or redness, though bruising and sores are even rarer in occurrence.
The bracelet has been designed for maximum comfort and minimal disruption, allowing the wearer to live a normal everyday life free from alcohol. They will be able to exercise, work, shower, and go about their day-to-day lives without issue.
When does SCRAM upload data?
Typically, a wireless base station will be installed in the client’s home, with an automatic data upload taking place whenever the bracelet wearer is close to the station. Reports can also be made on a predetermined basis, in accordance with the legal terms set out. Walk-in centres, DNA Legal approved sites, and agent collections can also be used for data downloads every fortnight.
Who fits the SCRAM and is it tamper-proof?
DNA Legal’s trained operatives will agree to a location with the person to be monitored and attach the ankle bracelet there. Another option is to visit one of our partner centres around the UK and get the bracelet installed or removed for free.
The SCRAM was designed by testing experts to include various anti-tampering features and to ensure that testing accuracy is optimized. Using temperature and infrared sensors, the bracelet will send an obstruction warning if anything is placed between the skin and the sensors. Additional sensors ensure that the bracelet is being used by the right person, and that data is being captured continuously.
Initial testing during the fitting of the bracelet will take a baseline reading so that the bracelet has a reference to know when an obstruction is taking place.