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What Is A SCRAM Bracelet?

A Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring (SCRAM) bracelet is an electronic monitoring device that checks blood alcohol levels. It reads the wearer’s perspiration and reports blood alcohol levels. They can also be fitted with GPS locators to keep defendants on house arrest.

SCRAM bracelets can be assigned to a defendant on a pre-trial basis as a condition of being released on one’s own recognizance. It can also be a condition of a probation sentence, or of a deferred prosecution agreement.

In each case, avoiding all alcohol altogether is usually part of the defendant’s sentence. They may also be used in domestic violence or underage drinking cases.

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