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Tuesday, September 22 2020 - 07:05
Alcohol Detection Anklets Showing Promise in NZ
AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

- With COVID-19, Incidents of Alcohol Abuse Reportedly on the Rise

Alcohol Detection Anklets (ADA) ( 
) are garnering a lot of attention in New Zealand and Australia for helping 
alcohol-involved clients refrain from drinking. The anklets use transdermal 
technology to detect alcohol use in individuals who have been ordered by court 
or parole to refrain from consumption as a condition of release. 

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The technology has been through numerous pilots and trial usage in New Zealand 
with impressive results: 

    -- In one pilot, 153 offenders were monitored for a total of 18,442 days. 
    -- There were confirmed drinking events on only 649 of those days, 
       indicating that wearers remained sober 96.5% of the time. 
    -- Of the 153 clients monitored, 115 remained completely abstinent from 
       alcohol for the entire duration of their sentence, a 75.2% sober rate. 
    -- One judge overseeing clients on Alcohol Detection Anklets said, "It has 
       been an essential tool to assist the court to detect alcohol use. 
       Participants report that they have found the device a very powerful 
       deterrent and a support for them at the same time, especially in the 
       early days of abstinence."

With stressors related to COVID-19, police are reporting increased alcohol 
abuse ( 
) and elevated concerns regarding domestic violence, and community-based home 
detention is on the rise. 

A report from the New Zealand Department of Corrections ( 
) indicates that testing for alcohol and other drugs is essential for 
corrections and police officials to be able to intervene with high-risk 
offenders who are ordered to abstain from alcohol use by the court or Parole 
Board. This is often the case when the individual is at risk of causing harm 
from substance misuse.

According to the report, "it is estimated that more than 50% of crime is 
committed by people under the influence of drugs and alcohol."

In May of this year, the Ministry of Justice in the United Kingdom announced 
new legislation ( 
) under which offenders who commit alcohol-fueled crime can be banned from 
drinking and made to wear the anklets, referred to as 'sobriety tags' in the 
UK. The UK went from trial to national rollout with stats mirroring the success 
seen in New Zealand. This rollout is currently in progress with Wales going 
live in October and England starting in 2021. 

Alcohol Detection Anklets—otherwise known as SCRAM Continuous Alcohol 
Monitoring®—are manufactured by SCRAM Systems® based out of Littleton, 
Colorado, in the United States. The CEO for SCRAM Systems has a New Zealand 
connection. Glenn Tubb was the Managing Director for J.D. Edwards New Zealand 
and Australia from 1988 through 2000, before moving to Denver, Colorado. Tubb 
has been with SCRAM Systems since 2002, from the complete startup stage to 
becoming one of the largest community corrections technology providers in the 
world. J.D. Edwards is a global leader in ERP software solutions that boasts 
many of NZ and Australia's largest companies as customers. Of note, J.D. 
Edwards was acquired by Oracle in 2002.

"ADA is the right tool to help community corrections in New Zealand change 
people's behavior for the better," said Tubb. "Our corporate mission statement 
is that we make a difference in people's lives. We mean that sincerely, and 
every single person in our company is committed to that goal."

About SCRAM Systems ( )
SCRAM Systems® is a leading provider of electronic monitoring and software 
solutions for the criminal justice industry. The company's flagship SCRAM 
Continuous Alcohol Monitoring® (SCRAM CAM®) technology, launched in 2003 and 
revolutionized the way courts, agencies and treatment providers monitor and 
manage alcohol-involved offenders. In 2013 the company launched the industry's 
most comprehensive suite of electronic monitoring technologies, which includes 
SCRAM Remote Breath®, SCRAM GPS® and SCRAM House Arrest®. The company has since 
launched software solutions including SCRAM Nexus® to support the adoption and 
deployment of Evidence-Based Practices, a mobile client engagement tool called 
SCRAM TouchPoint™, and the first license-based software platform, SCRAM 24/7™ 
to support probation and sobriety programs. SCRAM Systems employs 280 people 
worldwide and is a privately held company with headquarters in Littleton, 

SOURCE  SCRAM Systems New Zealand

CONTACT: New Zealand Media Contact: Dan Altvater, Director of Sales, Australia 
and New Zealand,, 64 021 270 0093 OR U.S. Media 
Contact: Shauna Rusovick, Public Relations & Marketing Manager,, 303-908-9281