Day Fines in Four U.S. Jurisdictions

In 1991, the Bureau of Justice Assistance funded a multi-site demonstration project on day fines. Day fines, a structured approach to imposing fines that consider both the offender’s ability to pay and the severity of the offense, have long been used in Europe. Four jurisdictions participated in this effort: Maricopa County, Arizona; Des Moines, Iowa; Bridgeport, Connecticut; and Marion, Malheur, Coos and Josephine Counties in Oregon.

This report presents the findings of the National Institute of Justice-funded evaluation conducted by RAND of the day fine demonstration project. This report  interest to researchers and policymakers interested in fines as a criminal justice sanction and their role in discussions of intermediate sanctions.

Day Fines in Four U.S. Jurisdictions