SoberLink is an electronic tether device which allows remote alcohol monitoring, eliminating the need for offenders to travel to testing sites.
During the breath test, the Soberlink Breathalyzer takes a picture of the end-user to confirm their identity. The real-time photo and breath alcohol result are wirelessly transmitted on Verizon’s Private Network to Soberlink’s Monitoring Web Portal. Direct alerts are sent to notify the Community Corrections Coordinator when signs of a relapse occur, such as a missed or positive test.
The fee for those who qualify for this program is $9.00 per day.
Michigan's electronic monitoring system is meant to provide community supervision staff with additional tools to more intensely supervise offenders. The Department also provides this monitoring service for some district and probate courts, sheriffs' departments and juvenile offenders. The Curfew Monitoring (formerly known as Radio Frequency) program was successfully piloted in l986 for selected Washtenaw County probationers. By the end of 1987, it was being used on a statewide basis. It allows for the monitoring and enforcement of curfews and other conditions of community supervision. Offenders supervised using electronic monitoring devices are managed more closely than other offenders in the community. The use of electronic monitoring is sometimes used to divert offenders from placement in local county jails as well as act as an additional deterrent to parolees and probationers being managed in the community. The current "active monitoring" system initiates contact with the offender and is the largest state-operated system of its type in the nation. While the system does not "track" offenders' whereabouts like a homing device, it is able to determine if offenders are home when they should be. Known in the MDOC as the "Electronic Tether Program," the system allows the department to tell 24 hours a day, seven days a week, whether an offender is living up to the supervision requirements of his or her placement.
The fee for those who qualify for this program is $12.00 per day.
S.C.R.A.M. (Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring)
This technology uses fuel cell technology, but monitors for alcohol consumption twenty-four (24) hours per day, seven days per week. The S.C.R.A.M. device takes readings 24 hours per day. Each sample is tested and the readings are stored in the bracelet. Those readings are transmitted to a host computer through the use of a modem at a pre-determined time.
The fee for those who qualify for this program is $18.00 per day.
Off-site in-patient Alcohol and Drug rehabilitation can be authorized by the court for individuals who qulify based on stringent criteria and only after a subject has served a partial sentence. The cost of the treatment are the responsibility of the defendant and vary from facility to facility.
Work Release/School Release
Some defendants may qualify for work release or school release at the discretion of the court. All subjects charges with a felony, while outside of a correctional facility are required by law to be subject GPS monitoring. The work release program allows a defendant to be incarcerated in the County Jail, but released for a limited time each week to go to work.
The fee for the Work Release program is $20.00 per day in addition to housing fees.
Those defendants that are approved for and qualify for School Release are incarcerated in the County Jail and are released for a limited time per school day to attend classes.
The fee for the School Release program is $10.00 per day in addition to housing fees.
In-Jail Cognative Therapy
The Kalkaska County Jail offers several in-house cognative therapy programs which are aimed at preventing recitivism. These programs are free and available to all inmates barring disciplinary and security issues.
Some inmates, who are sentenced may qualify for the Kalkaska County Jail Work Crew. Qualifying inmates perform manual tasks including construction, landscaping and painting on Community Projects including County and Township parks and facilities. Theses inmates are supervised while outside of the Kalkaska County Jail by Ron Popp.