As we all know, the state of the economy has forced cutbacks in all industries. Businesses and governments across the nation are implementing new procedure to achieve the same means within a smaller budget. Law enforcement is not outside this umbrella and, interestingly, neither are those convicted of certain crimes. Some states and counties are choosing to release prisons early and or use electronic monitoring.
Loudoun county is one of the first counties in Virginia to use the Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor (SCRAM) anklet to monitor DUI offenders. Bari Lynne Williams, convicted of DUI in Loudoun county, is currently being monitored with the SCRAM anklet as a result of violating her probation. Williams is required to pay for the service herself, which saves the county money over putting her in jail, and she is monitored for alcohol use continuously, which saves her and the courts the hassles involved with supervision and violations. Certainly seems to be a better option than jail.