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Publication type: Book part
Type of review: Editorial review
Title: Day fines in Switzerland
Authors: Killias, Martin
Biberstein, Lorenz
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1017/9781108855020.016
Published in: Day Fines in Europe : Assessing Income-Based Sanctions in Criminal Justice Systems
Editors of the parent work: Kantorowicz-Reznichenko, Elena
Faure, Michael
Page(s): 306
Pages to: 323
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781108855020
Language: English
Subjects: Ersatzfreiheitsstrafen; Schweiz; Bussen; Geldstrafen
Subject (DDC): 364: Criminology
Abstract: In 2007, a new Swiss Criminal Code became legally effective in which short prison sentences were to a large extent replaced by income-based day-fines. In addition, flat fines (fixed sums ranging from 1 to 10,000 Swiss francs) became more widely available as additional sanctions. Both fines and day-fines are to be converted into custody if they remain unpaid. Several thousand defendants are affected by such a conversion every year, but no systematic information has been collected on these cases. In order to fill this gap, the Department of Justice of the Canton of Zurich commissioned an evaluation on how often, under what circumstances and against what type of defendants monetary penalties are converted into custody. To this end, 447 case files were analyzed and a sample of 106 defendants serving a monetary sanction in prison were interviewed. Staff members and officials in charge of collecting monetary penalties were also interviewed. The results show that the most defendants serving monetary penalties in prison are confronted with multiple problems of integration. A second group were sentenced to substantial amounts of flat fines or day-fines that they or their networks were unable to pay.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: Social Work
Organisational Unit: Institute of Delinquency and Crime Prevention (IDK)
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