How to Use Structured Fines (Day Fines) as an Intermediate Sanction

This monograph presents guidelines for policymakers and criminal justice practitioners who are considering using structured fines as part of their overall sentencing system. Written by members of The Justice Management Institute and the Vera Institute of Justice and funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, this publication offers planning and operation instructions applicable to every jurisdiction, such as how to set goals and priorities, develop a unit scale that ranks offenses by severity, calculate fine amounts, and impose the structured fine sentence. Collection methods and techniques, critical to the overall success of a structured fine program, are also discussed.

How to Use Structured Fines (Day Fines) as an Intermediate Sanction