News and Events in RAND Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment

  • Adapting to a Hotter World

    Oct 2, 2015

    Because climate change is largely irreversible, mitigation alone won't solve the problem. While mitigation will prevent even greater, future climatic changes, adaptation — efforts to adjust to climate change's effects — will prepare the world for a new set of living conditions, whatever they may be.

  • California's Drought and Water Policy

    Sep 30, 2015

    Leadership from the California Farm Bureau Federation, the California Water Commission, and the Association of California Water Agencies discuss solutions to the water crisis. This event is open to the public; Policy Circle members are invited to a pre-event reception and will receive reserved seating.

  • Why Selling Oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Is a Bad Idea

    Sep 15, 2015

    Some lawmakers are proposing a sell-off of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to finance highway and bridge work. This is a shortsighted strategy.

  • Creating a Smart Market for California Water

    Sep 13, 2015

    A smart market approach could reduce the transaction costs of trading water in California, allow the price of water to better match its value, and bring that value to the state.

  • What Hurricane Katrina Taught Us About Community Resilience

    Sep 8, 2015

    Hurricane Katrina left a path of destruction, death, and suffering in its wake. Its recovery, halting and incomplete as it has been, has taught us valuable lessons about resiliency.

  • Improving Information-Sharing Across Law Enforcement

    Sep 4, 2015

    Progress has been made on information-sharing efforts within law enforcement. But there are limitations to existing technology and policy. Stakeholders can take action to build on this progress in both the short and long term.

  • Police Officers Face Risk of Traffic Injuries Under Many Conditions

    Sep 1, 2015

    Vehicle crashes are the largest cause of death among police in the United States. Knowing the risk factors can help law enforcement agencies take steps to lower the risk of injury collisions, such as restricting motorcycle use to situations where the use of other vehicles is not feasible.

  • Aligning Education and Training to Meet Energy Workforce Needs

    Aug 31, 2015

    Energy-sector employers in West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania report having difficulty filling semiskilled jobs. And the sector's technology is changing quickly. How can the region's leaders improve the workforce-development pipeline?

  • Overcoming Obstacles to Advanced Nuclear Reactor Technologies

    Aug 31, 2015

    If nuclear fission is to play a big role in the future of the U.S. energy supply, a more cost-effective type of nuclear power plant must be commercialized. But there are barriers to commercializing next-generation nuclear reactors. How can policymakers overcome them?

  • Hurricane Katrina: 10 Years After the Storm

    Aug 27, 2015

    This weekend marks 10 years since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast. As the region struggled to cope and rebuild after the storm, RAND experts worked on solutions to the region's long-term challenges.

  • Measuring How Stock Ownership Affects Which Judges and Justices Hear Cases

    Aug 17, 2015

    Examines how stock ownership impacts the pool of judges and justices that hear cases involving publicly traded corporations.

  • Internet Technology Could Aid Police, Courts, and Prisons

    Aug 17, 2015

    New Internet-based technology may aid criminal justice agencies through promising tools such as better criminal databases, remotely conducted trials, and electronic monitoring of parolees. But many of the developments raise issues related to civil rights, privacy, and cybersecurity that must be addressed.

  • Climate Targets: Values and Uncertainty

    Aug 11, 2015

    Policymakers know that the risks associated with climate change mean they need to cut greenhouse-gas emissions. But uncertainty surrounding the likelihood of different scenarios makes choosing specific policies difficult.

  • 2014 RAND Annual Report

    Aug 10, 2015

    RAND's 2014 Annual Report describes the many ways in which RAND develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make people around the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous.

  • Bright Hopes, Dim Realities: Vocational Innovation in American Correctional Education

    Aug 10, 2015

    To shed new light on the history of correctional education in America and on the implications of that history for reform in correctional education in the 1990s, this Note identifies some general tendencies in the history of correctional education.

  • Obama Commutes Sentences of 46 Drug Offenders. Now for the Hard Part

    Aug 10, 2015

    Last month, President Obama commuted more sentences in a single day than any president since Lyndon Johnson. But commutation doesn't erase a criminal conviction.

  • The 2015 Summer Reading List for Congress

    Aug 5, 2015

    With Capitol Hill slowing for August recess, this list of must-read research and commentaries—on topics including cybersecurity, transportation, and correctional education—will help ensure that policymakers are ready to dive right back in this fall.

  • Learning to Stop Worrying and Love the Internet of Things

    Aug 4, 2015

    Late last month, Fiat Chrysler recalled 1.4 million cars to fix a defect that allowed hackers to imperil drivers from afar. In essence, what was considered a huge threat was converted into a solved or at least solvable problem.

  • El Chapo's Prison Escape Should Come as No Surprise

    Jul 24, 2015

    Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman's Sinaloa Cartel and similar criminal organizations have long used tunnels to literally undermine security along the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • Pay as You Go

    Jul 22, 2015

    Using vehicle miles traveled as a means of distributing the cost of maintaining America's roads and bridges may not be the only answer. But it represents the kind of innovative thinking that is necessary when this sector of the American transportation infrastructure is desperately in need of a fix.

  • How to Improve Oregon's Mileage-Fee Experiment

    Jul 7, 2015

    Oregon is rolling out the nation's first large-scale pilot to examine switching to a mileage fee instead of the gas tax. The trial is a welcome next step toward understanding how mileage fees can be deployed.

  • Economic Growth Will Be the Main Driver of Mobility in China in 2030

    Jun 30, 2015

    Continued economic growth will be the main driver of future mobility and automobile use in China, but constraints on vehicle use and environmental regulations will be important issues as well.

  • In the Interest of Justice

    Jun 26, 2015

    As the line between criminal justice and national security continues to blur, K. Jack Riley offers three principles that can help young criminology practitioners and scholars.

  • Los Angeles County Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act: Fiscal Year 2013-2014

    Jun 24, 2015

    Overall, juvenile offenders and at-risk youth in Los Angeles who participated in evidence-based programs and services showed more positive outcomes (e.g., lower arrest rates) than a comparison group.

  • Another Nepal Earthquake Makes Disaster Relief Planning Even More Important

    May 13, 2015

    Leadership, coordination, communication, and involvement of local stakeholders are critical to an informed response to natural disasters. Improved disaster management in Nepal could help limit the suffering of impacted communities and help secure a more successful recovery in the long run.