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Alcohol Abstinence Monitoring Requirement (AAMR)



The Alcohol Abstinence Monitoring scheme seeks to better address the issue of alcohol related offending and reoffending, particularly in cases where there is violence, including domestic abuse. Rehabilitative interventions are delivered to address issues relating to attitude, thinking and behaviour alongside an Alcohol Abstinence Monitoring Requirement (AAMR). This requirement uses the latest alcohol monitoring technology, also known as ‘sobriety tags’, to tackle alcohol associated offending.

The ankle bracelets, which detect alcohol levels in the wearer's sweat, alert the authorities when someone has breached an abstinence order. They take an average of 48 alcohol content readings each day. The AAMR provides an enforced period of sobriety during which there is a greater opportunity to engage an individual in rehabilitative interventions with the aim of delivering improved outcomes and reductions in reoffending.  

Magistrates’ and Crown Courts will be able to require offenders to wear the tags by executing an Alcohol Abstinence Monitoring Requirement (AAMR) as part of community or suspended sentences imposed on those who commit violent and other crimes while under the influence of alcohol.

If the tag detects the presence of alcohol in the system, probation services are alerted and the individual concerned could be sent back to court.

In Lincolnshire it is estimated that alcohol played a part in 25 per cent of all offences reported and the figures are even worse in domestic abuse cases involving alcohol, at more than 40 per cent.

An evaluation of AAMR in Lincolnshire has been published which found that 94% of people successfully completed the AAMR without consuming alcohol. Further evaluation will take place soon to examine the long term impact of the AAMR and whether it can be implemented on a wider scale.

To read about the evaluation Click Here


For more information: Sobriety Tags