News and Events in RAND Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Examining Police, Community Relations

    May 8, 2015

    The “Strengthening Police-Community Trust” panel held Wednesday at RAND's Pittsburgh offices felt ripped from the headlines, and from the outset the discussion was focused on what the moderator called “the intersection between the community and the police.”

  • Nepal Earthquake Response Shows Need for Better International Planning

    May 7, 2015

    The U.S. provided supplies after the earthquake in Nepal, but they piled up at points of delivery because Nepalese customs authorities insisted that standard inspections be followed, even in an emergency situation. These kinds of bureaucratic challenges can be more easily overcome if they are identified and addressed before crises arise.

  • Breaking Down Nuclear Waste as a Two-Part Issue

    May 5, 2015

    The U.S. Department of Energy is now planning separate repositories for commercial waste and the waste from the military's nuclear weapons production instead of disposing of both in the same repository as originally intended. Decoupling different parts of the nuclear waste problem is a small but positive step forward.

  • Strengthening Trust Between Police and the Public

    May 1, 2015

    Amid recent tensions between law enforcement and the public, three key questions must be answered to build the foundation for long-lasting mutual trust, especially given technological changes that are increasing transparency.

  • How Smart Grids Can Change the Way We Live

    Apr 27, 2015

    A modernized, “smart” grid could change how much you pay for electricity, where it comes from, and how likely you are to lose it in a summer storm. But has the reality of the smart grid kept pace with the promise?

  • Growing Support For a New Approach to Community Supervision

    Apr 22, 2015

    Empirical support for the swift-certain-fair (SCF) approach to community supervision is growing. SCF provides an alternative to conventional community supervision programs (probation, parole, pretrial release) and may ultimately help reduce reoffending and the time participants spend behind bars.

  • Digital Evidence and the U.S. Criminal Justice System

    Apr 20, 2015

    There are significant challenges to successfully using digital evidence in criminal prosecutions. Through structured interaction with police digital forensic experts, prosecuting attorneys, a privacy advocate, and industry representatives, researchers identified and prioritized specific needs to improve utilization of digital evidence in criminal justice.

  • Interactive Tool for Ranking Digital Evidence Needs

    Apr 20, 2015

    Because digital evidence is increasingly important to the investigation and prosecution of many types of crimes, this tool presents a range of digital evidence needs and allows the user to see how a criminal justice agency's priorities would change when the importance of different digital evidence objectives is changed.

  • Building Urban Resilience: A Look at Challenges Facing the Pittsburgh Region Today and Tomorrow

    Apr 8, 2015

    RAND's Board of Trustees joined RAND donors and partners, as well as local Pittsburgh civic and community leaders, to discuss urban resilience efforts. Pittsburgh is at the forefront of municipalities considering how to develop resilience as a framework for managing change.