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JIE in the News

A selection of news reporting and commentary about RAND research on justice, infrastructure, and the environment.

Recent News & Events

  • Tool

    A Framework for Programming and Budgeting for Cybersecurity

    Jan 20, 2016

    When defending an organization, cybersecurity professionals must choose from a large set of defensive measures while operating with a limited set of resources. What is the menu of actions for defending against an attack? And how can defenders navigate the selection process?

  • Testimony

    How Legalizing Marijuana in VT Might Affect Revenues, Budgets

    Jan 19, 2016

    Vermonters spend between $125 and $225 million on marijuana each year. There are many factors to consider when projecting the budgetary effects legalization might have, but policy changes do not need to be permanent. Starting with incremental change and/or incorporating a sunset provision might make more sense.

  • Commentary

    Oregon Standoff Shouldn't Have an Anti-Terrorism Twist

    Jan 13, 2016

    Dwight and Steven Hammond were charged under a law enacted to fight terrorism, not rein in wayward ranchers. Anti-terrorist laws should not be used to strengthen prosecutors' hands in nonterrorist prosecutions—it makes national security needs look like an instrument of oppression.

  • Commentary

    COP21: Ambition and Momentum

    Dec 17, 2015

    Negotiators in Paris achieved a historic breakthrough by adopting a fundamentally different, and likely more effective, institutional framework to address climate change. It builds on two concepts missing from past attempts to forge a global treaty: voluntary participation and adaptive policymaking.

  • Commentary

    Climate Change Is a National Security Issue, but Not for the Reasons You Think

    Dec 16, 2015

    All U.S. policy decisions can and should be guided by clear evidence. Climate change policy is no exception. The United States should focus on addressing the clearest vulnerabilities, such as securing coastal defense infrastructure.

  • Report

    Using Cost-Effectiveness Analysis to Prioritize Spending on Traffic Safety

    Dec 14, 2015

    In deciding how to allocate funds targeting traffic safety, policymakers must determine the appropriate trade-off between cost-effectiveness and equity among states. A new tool helps determine the most cost-effective interventions to reduce motor vehicle crash-related injuries and deaths.

  • Report

    Electronic Surveillance of Mobile Devices for Law Enforcement

    Dec 10, 2015

    Mobile phones collect and retain enormous amounts of information that can be useful in criminal investigations. However, state and local law enforcement face substantial challenges when accessing these data.

  • Commentary

    Keeping Hackers Away from Your Car, Fridge, and Front Door

    Dec 7, 2015

    In the ever-growing Internet of Things, attackers already outpace the defenders. If developing solutions for software liability doesn't become more of a priority, there may be no winning this technological war.