Projects

  • National Evaluation of Correctional Education

    A national evaluation of the effectiveness of correctional education methods for incarcerated adults and juveniles. A series of publications will highlight innovative programs and approaches, and will provide guidance on how to develop and administer high-quality education in a correctional setting.

  • Evaluation of the Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary Education

    RAND is conducting an evaluation of a three-state demonstration project designed to provide postsecondary education to incarcerated individuals in New Jersey, Michigan, and North Carolina. This five-year initiative led by the Vera Institute of Justice is providing three states with incentive funding and technical assistance to expand access to higher education for people in prison and those recently released. The project seeks to demonstrate that access to postsecondary education, combined with supportive reentry services, can increase educational credentials, reduce recidivism, and increase employability and earnings.

  • National Study of Prison Closings and Alternative Strategies

    RAND is currently leading a National Institute of Justice study on the effect of prison closures and the fiscal challenges faced by state correctional systems. A series of journal articles on the results are being produced. The results of a 50-state survey of state correctional administrators is presented in the initial article, A National Picture of Prison Downsizing Strategies, Victims & Offenders: An International Journal of Evidence-based Research, Policy, and Practice Volume 10, Issue 4, 2015.

  • Estimating the Eligibility of California’s Realignment Population for Medicaid under Health Care Reform

    The expansion of Medicaid to include childless adults under the Affordable Care Act offered an opportunity to expand health insurance coverage for ex-offenders. To inform planning at the state and county levels, RAND is conducting an analysis funded by The California Endowment to estimate the percentage of the different criminal justice populations in California that would be eligible for Medicaid and for the premium tax credits to purchase insurance in the marketplace.