North Central Ohio Nonresidential Community Corrections ProgramsNorth Central Ohio Region
Remote Breath Alcohol Monitoring
Electronic Monitoring Services
Standard Electronic Monitoring - Standard EM equipment uses a tamper proof ankle bracelet (transmitter) worn by the offender and a receiver that is connected to the phone and power lines in the offender’s home. Using radio frequency, the receiver monitors the presence or absence of the offender within a specified range. This information is then compared to the agency’s defined schedule restrictions to determine the offender’s compliance.
Restrictions can require the person to remain at home at all times or be allowed to leave at scheduled times for work, treatment, or other approved activities
Compliance and system status information are monitored by Oriana House’s EM Center. System status information includes feedback on low battery levels in the transmitter or receiver, tamper detection, power and telephone failures, and other equipment operation conditions
Cellular Electronic Monitoring - Monitoring - Cellular EM is a modified receiver enabling cellular communication. Offenders are still required to wear a transmitter. The receiver unit is placed inside the offender’s home and connected to electrical power only. If the receiver is unplugged and moved, an alert is generated.
The cellular unit has an active SIM card (portable memory chip) inside which is utilized to call in offender activity to the EM Center. EM Center staff can easily determine the status of the power supply and the cellular signal by checking the indicator lights on top of the cellular unit.
The Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring (SCRAM) system is able to detect consumption of alcohol 24 hours a day. The SCRAM system comprises three parts: a tamper resistant ankle bracelet, a modem, and the SCRAM network
The ankle bracelet monitors the use of alcohol through transdermal alcohol concentration emitted through one’s skin (by imperceptible perspiration). SCRAM samples perspiration every 30 minutes. If alcohol is detected, testing increments increase to determine if the person is continuing to drink alcohol.
Twenty-four hour monitoring reduces the client’s ability to manipulate his or her drinking patterns to avoid detection. The bracelet time stamps and stores all readings and tamper indications. These readings are sent to the SCRAM modem, which is connected to the client’s home phone, at designated times. Data is then sent from the modem to the SCRAM monitoring center.
GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) Monitoring
GPS services require the client to wear a tamper proof ankle bracelet for monitoring a person’s exact location using satellite technology. If the ankle bracelet is tampered with or removed, Oriana House staff is notified immediately. Three monitoring levels are offered: active, intermediate, and passive.
Active GPS - Real-time (immediate) monitoring of a person’s whereabouts with position points recorded and tracking history available. Exclusion zones are programmed allowing for Oriana House staff to be immediately notified if the client enters an area where he or she is forbidden to be; for example, a victim’s neighborhood or place of employment, or near an airport. Inclusion zones can be set so that staff is alerted if the person leaves the county or state of residence.
Intermediate GPS - Monitors clients’ movements and calls in their locations every four to six hours. Intermediate tracking has the added benefit of being able to selectively view tracking data that is no more than 10 minutes old, if necessary.
Passive GPS - Records location points in a historical format to be reviewed after the client returns home and docks the GPS tracking device.
Remote Breath Alcohol Monitoring
The remote breath alcohol monitor is a hand held cellular device that utilizes facial recognition when testing for alcohol consumption. It provides a GPS location of where the client is while testing and immediately sends test results, including failures to test, to EM Center staff. If a client submits a positive test, the device automatically requests a retest 15 minutes later. Tests can be ordered to be random, scheduled, on-demand, and prompted by a client request.
Day Reporting (NOBARS)
Day Reporting (Northwest Ohio Behavior & Reporting Services) requires individuals to follow an individualized program plan. The referring agency may specify the type of program or services which may include electronic monitoring and GPS tracking services, and/or regular contact with a caseworker, allowing for the negotiation of goals and objectives, attendance to cognitive behavior and chemical dependency programs, and frequent supervision. Progress is monitored by verifying offenders' activities with itineraries, daily phone calls, curfew calls, and alcohol and drug testing. Improvement toward individual rehabilitative goals results in a successful release from the program. Referrals to the program come from the following courts or probation departments: Huron, Ottawa, Sandusky, and Seneca County courts of common pleas; Sandusky County Court District 1 (Clyde); Sandusky County Court District 2 (Woodville); and Fremont, Norwalk, and Ottawa County municipal courts.