Alternatives to Custodial Supervision: The Day Fine

This publication considers the idea of introducing and expanding fines as an alternative to criminal sanctions requiring direct supervision, either in the community or an institution. More specifically, this paper examines the implementation of income-calibrated fines, known as “day fines”–monetary penalties that take into consideration the individual’s financial means. Day fines are an outgrowth of traditional fining systems, which were seen as disproportionately punishing offenders with modest means while imposing no more than slaps on the wrist for well-to-do offenders.

Alternatives to Custodial Supervision: The Day Fine