A flexible tool for promoting sobriety and managing risk
The problem – how can you know when a person is or isn’t drinking?
Alcohol consumption is frequently associated with problematic behaviour, such as the commission of criminal offences or the abuse or neglect of children. Courts, co-parents, and child protection agencies are faced with a challenging task in such cases. They want to manage the resulting risk in the least intrusive way possible, for example, by keeping the person out of jail, leaving their children in their care, or enabling them to have unsupervised parenting time. To do that, they need to know that if the person drinks, they will know about it. Traditional forms of testing for alcohol consumption, such as urine testing, blood testing, and hair analysis, are not able to provide information that is sufficiently reliable and timely, resulting in more intrusive forms of risk management – incarceration in criminal cases, and the removal of children from a parent’s care or supervised access in family and child protection cases.
The solution – remote testing for alcohol with SCRAM Remote Breath
We are all familiar with the breath testing devices used by police. Some may also be familiar with breath testing devices that are available for the public to purchase and use voluntarily. Building on the basic functionality of those devices, SCRAM Remote Breath adds:
- facial recognition to ensure that the right person is providing the breath sample; and
- immediate transmission of results to enable a third party, such as law enforcement, a co-parent, or a child protection worker, to receive the results.
How it Works
Using the SCRAM remote breath testing device, the person being tested provides breath samples at regularly scheduled times or before and during events such as a child access visit. The device takes a photograph of the person as they are providing the breath sample. The device uses cellular data transmission to upload the test result and photograph to the monitoring software. Reporting and alerts are customized to the needs of each case. Text messages and/or emails can be set up to be sent to specified people alerting them to test results that have been successfully completed, tests that have been missed, tests that are positive for alcohol, or tests for which the facial recognition software detected a possible attempt to circumvent the testing.
Examples of how SCRAM Remote Breath can be used to achieve better outcomes
- in criminal cases, include remote breath testing to strengthen your proposal for being released on bail or being granted a conditional sentence;
- in custody/access or child protection cases, use remote breath testing to avoid children being removed from a parent’s care, to speed up reintegration, or to enable unsupervised access;
- following treatment, use remote breath testing to support relapse prevention; or
- use remote breath testing to build up an objective and persuasive record of sobriety.