The Use of Fines as an Intermediate Sanction

Overview

Despite more than a decade of unprecedented jail and prison building in the U.S., few inroads have been made in improving the conditions in correctional institutions. Although prison expansion has been accompanied by an explosion of experimental alternative sanctions—community service orders, house arrest, electronic monitoring, intensive probation, boot camps and more—the intermediate penalties movement has yet to engage in any significant way the problems raised by our broad use of imprisonment.