Soberlink Use in Law Enforcement
Soberlink is not only useful in family law cases. It has also been used by law enforcement in probation cases.
Many crimes are committed by people who are under the influence. Alcohol can cause a person to behave erratically and to take more risks. At times, this can lead to some fairly bad decision. Instead of keeping many inmates in jail, Soberlink is helping many convicts get probation, as long as they promise that they’ll stay sober and stay away from alcohol.
“It’s been very effective in getting folks out on pretrial release that are incarcerated and unable to make bail.”
~ Darcy Pitkin, county probation officer.
Soberlink 2 is a mobile breathalyzer. It not only tests the user’s BAC, but it also takes their picture and records their location. The results are then immediately sent to a monitoring center. Those who test positive for alcohol may find themselves back in jail, but those who are able to stay away from liquor get to enjoy their freedom.
This device is not only beneficial for those who are charged with a crime, but it also saves taxpayer dollars. According to the Jefferson County probation departments that currently use this device, the county saves nearly $100 for each day an individual is not in jail.
Currently, Jefferson County uses 6 devices. However, due to the tremendous success that it has seen with the Soberlink 2, it will likely get more.