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Institutional Requirements for Effective Imposition of Fines

Institutional Requirements for Effective Imposition of Fines

Chapter:
(p.95) 2 Institutional Requirements for Effective Imposition of Fines
Source:
Controlling Crime
Author(s):
Anne Morrison PiehlGeoffrey Williams
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226115139.003.0003

This chapter analyzes the role of fines as a criminal sanction in the United States and the potential for fines to play a larger role in crime control. The main conclusions are: fines are economical only in relation to other forms of punishment; for many crimes fines will work well for the majority of offenders but fail miserably for a significant minority; fines present a number of significant administrative challenges; and the political economy of fine imposition and collection is complex. With the caveats that jurisdictions vary tremendously and that there are large gaps in our knowledge about them, a model is developed showing that it is possible to expand the use of fines as a criminal sanction if institutional structures are developed with these concerns in mind. A commentary is included at the end of the chapter.

Keywords:   fines, crime control, criminal sanctions, punishment, political economy

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