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    The Changing Role of Criminal Law in Controlling Corporate BehaviorDecember 9, 2014

    This report addresses the use of criminal sanctions to control corporate behavior — prosecutions both of corporations and of employees for actions taken on corporations' behalf. The authors describe the current state of the use of criminal sanctions in controlling corporate behavior, describe how the current regime developed, and offer suggestions about how the use of criminal sanctions to control corporate behavior might be improved.

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    The Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force's Infrastructure Resilience Guidelines: An Initial Assessment of Implementation by Federal AgenciesDecember 9, 2014

    To ensure that federal agencies incorporate key principles of resilience into their formulation, evaluation, and prioritization of infrastructure investments related to Sandy rebuilding, the Presidential Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force developed its Infrastructure Resilience Guidelines. RAND researchers conducted an initial assessment of federal agencies' implementation of the guidelines to identify the main opportunities and challenges.

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    Business Bribery Risk AssessmentNovember 11, 2014

    Businesses operating overseas have inadequate tools for assessing business bribery risk and their potential risk of violating various anti-corruption laws. This report introduces a new index, the TRACE Matrix, for business bribery risk assessment. The index provides a quick and useful guide for businesses operating overseas based on a conceptual model of bribery risk and supported by data specific to firms.

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    Does San Francisco's Community Justice Center Reduce Criminal Recidivism?October 8, 2014

    Community courts aim to improve outcomes by addressing factors linked to criminal behavior with access to treatment and services, and by emphasizing ties to a specific neighborhood. In 2009, San Francisco opened the Community Justice Center (CJC), a community court serving a traditionally high-crime area. This report examines whether the CJC reduces the risk of rearrest when compared to more traditional approaches for addressing arrestees.

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    Police Department Investments in Information Technology Systems: Challenges Assessing Their PayoffSeptember 25, 2014

    As local governments face declining revenues, budget tightening has presented police departments with challenging questions about how to deliver public safety more efficiently. In many jurisdictions, chiefs have adopted new technologies to reduce manpower costs. To examine the cost-effectiveness of doing so, the authors developed a model describing how information technology and policing activities work together to produce key policing outcomes.