photo - courtroom sceneGuiding Principles for Electronic Monitoring and SCRAM

Determine Whether Offender Is Suitable Candidate For Electronic Monitoring
Electronic monitoring is not a suitable sanction for all DWI offenders. Suitable candidates are those who have (1) a permanent residence, (2) a working phone, (3) no history of violence or drug sales, (4) no outstanding warrants, and (5) a minimal risk of committing further serious illegal acts during the electronic monitoring period. Court staff should check for prior felony convictions, substance abuse convictions, and any history of noncompliance with court orders.

Consider Costs
Electronic monitoring can result in considerable cost savings to the court because the cost of monitoring is generally paid by the offender. Even in the case of indigent offenders for whom the court may pay the costs of monitoring, these costs will be significantly less than the costs of incarceration.

Monitor Compliance
Offenders should be required to report on a regular basis to an electronic monitoring officer for inspection of equipment and payment of fees. This officer provides periodic reports on an offender’s compliance with the terms of the sentencing order to the court’s probation officer. The probation officer also checks to determine whether the other conditions of probation, such as attending treatment programs, are being met. Information about an offender’s progress should also be sent directly to the court, including notification of any missed appointments.