OMAHA, NE, June 24, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Vigilnet America LLC, a provider of offender monitoring services to the criminal justice system, announced today that it has acquired the assets of Pennsylvania-based Mid-Atlantic Monitoring Services, LLC (MAMS), the largest provider of offender monitoring services in the Northeastern U.S. The acquisition makes Vigilnet America one of the largest multi-state providers of alternative sentencing programs in the country. The transaction was effective June 1st.
MAMS, established in 2005, has provided services that include SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring and GPS tracking in 70 counties. Vigilnet currently has full-scale programs throughout Nebraska, Oregon and Washington. According to Jake Dawes, Vigilnet's chief operating officer, his company will be leveraging the business MAMS has built in the last decade and combining their resources in order to maximize Vigilnet's customer service-based model and continuity of service. "We recognize that high-quality support is fundamental to the success of offender management programs," says Dawes. "The jurisdictions throughout eastern Pennsylvania have established a solid reputation for being tough on alcohol-involved crimes and leveraging technologies in order to keep communities safe and high-risk offenders sober. We look forward to partnering with these courts and communities," he adds. Vigilnet will continue to service the same counties that worked with MAMS from both office locations in Scranton and York.
The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world, with overcrowded prisons and corrections costs consuming local, state and federal budgets. According to Dawes, this transaction --and Vigilnet's expansion to the eastern U.S.-- is a testament to the role that technology-enabled services like SCRAM are playing as they help alleviate overcrowding, reduce costs, protect communities and support offender rehabilitation.
"Alcohol remains at the root of most criminal offenses," says Mike Iiams, chairman and CEO of Denver-based Alcohol Monitoring Systems, which manufactures and markets SCRAM Systems technologies. "The ability to do continuous transdermal tracking for alcohol consumption has been a tremendous tool to the corrections industry, and it's the network of providers --our feet on the ground-- who are making these programs a cost-effective reality," he says. "The combination of Vigilnet and MAMS resources will enhance the delivery of these monitoring services and allow us to expand in to more jurisdictions," he adds. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Vigilnet America LLC (dba Vigilnet Community Monitoring, LLC), is a leading provider of alternative sentencing services to the correction industry. Since 2006 the company has helped courts, probation offices and other agencies implement effective programs for offender management that reduce cost, lower recidivism and protect communities. The Company services more than 40 agencies across the country and has effectively monitored over 10,000 offenders. Vigilnet is an authorized distributor of SCRAM alcohol monitoring solutions from Alcohol Monitoring Systems, Inc.
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