Day fines--fines that are proportionate to the seriousness of the offense and the offender's financial resources--have been popular for decades in Europe as a sanction for a wide range of criminal offenses. This article reports on the implementation and outcomes of a day fine program in Maricopa County (Phoenix), Arizona, involving felony offenders with low need for supervision and treatment. Findings show that the day fine program was successful in diverting offenders from routine-supervision probation and in encouraging greater financial payments while maintaining public safety, as measured by arrests and technical violations.
Originally published in: Justice System Journal, v. 21, no. 1, 1999, pp. 1-21.
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