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NCJ Number: 158752 Find in a Library
Title: Integrating Structured Fines in Four Oregon Counties
Author(s): J Forman; D Factor
Corporate Author: Oregon Criminal Justice Council
United States of America
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 46
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
Oregon Criminal Justice Council
Grant Number: 91-SD-CX-0003
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This is a report on the development, progress, and outcome of an Oregon project designed to increase the use of fines as a criminal sanction by establishing fine amounts that take into account the offender's financial means and the severity of the crime.
Abstract: The project's goals were to achieve greater equity in the use of fines across the State by implementing a single penalty structure and needs assessment instrument for statewide use, to achieve greater integrity in the use of fines, and to maintain an overall level of revenue currently generated by fines by monitoring the imposition and collection of fines. The program was implemented in four counties. Most of the work of the project focused on integrating the concept of structured fines into an existing court environment, accommodating it to daily management, and adapting it for police or vice versa. The basic concept of structured fines -- setting a fine amount through a process that takes into account both the seriousness of the offense and the financial circumstances of the offender -- is viable in Oregon, based on the findings of this study. To make structured fines work effectively, attention must be given to several factors. The most serious of these is that the State's current laws regarding payment of fines and fees have the effect of imposing a relatively high "floor" of mandatory payments on virtually every defendant. 23 notes
Main Term(s): Corrections policies
Index Term(s): Day fines; Fines; Oregon; Sentencing/Sanctions
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