RAND conducted an expert panel on the criminal justice community's need to take advantage of (and mitigate threats from) emerging web technologies. This report outlines the technologies that were considered, the needs developed, and the overarching themes that arose during the panel proceedings.
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The Potential of Blind Collaborative Justice: Testing the Impact of Expert Blinding and Consensus Building on the Validity of Forensic TestimonyAugust 7, 2015
Biased expert testimony is a leading cause of wrongful convictions, and new techniques are needed to reduce such biases. RAND researchers conducted an experimental investigation of two potential contributors to biased testimony within adversarial litigation involving forensic evidence: (1) experts' knowledge of their party representation (i.e., prosecution vs. defense counsel), and (2) lack of input from the relevant scientific community.
The Future of Mobility: Scenarios for China in 2030June 30, 2015
Researchers developed two scenarios to envision the future of mobility in China in 2030. Economic growth, the presence of constraints on vehicle ownership and driving, and environmental conditions differentiate the scenarios. By making potential long-term mobility futures more vivid, the team sought to help decisionmakers at different levels of government and in the private sector better anticipate and prepare for change.
The study reported here focused on the flexibility that California granted counties in implementing constitutionally mandated and legislatively created public safety realignment — in particular, whether counties continued and expanded existing county corrections practices or used realignment as an opportunity to change from "business as usual."
California's Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act provides funds for counties to offer evidence-based programs for high-need juvenile probationers and at-risk youth. This report, based on the annual report to the state legislature, outlines the program's success for six outcome measures (completion of probation, restitution, and community service; arrests; probation violations; and incarcerations) and county-required supplemental outcomes.