Crime and Violence Prevention

Preventing violent crime involves not only traditional law enforcement and criminal justice but also an integrated, long-term approach that addresses the root causes and drivers of crime. RAND researchers several aspects of safety and justice, including policing, mental health care, gun control, and more.

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    Evaluating Methods and Findings from a Study of State Gun Policies

    A RAND study team reviewed an article on the effects of state firearm laws and found problems in its methods and findings. This report provides an account of the errors detected and statistical support for the study team's conclusions.

    Jul 14, 2016

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    Helping to Create a Justice System that is Fairer, More Efficient and More Effective

    The Justice Policy program spans both criminal and civil justice systems issues, with topics including public safety, effective policing, police-community relations, drug policy and enforcement, corrections policy, use of technology in law enforcement, tort reform, catastrophe and mass injury compensation, court resourcing, and insurance regulation.

    Jun 2, 2016

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    Developing Injury Surveillance Through Ambulance Data: A ‘Proof of Concept’ Approach

    West Midlands Police, with support from RAND Europe, University of Cambridge and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, is implementing and evaluating the use of ambulance data to support injury surveillance

    Jun 2, 2016

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    Body-Worn Cameras Associated with Increased Assaults Against Police

    Rates of assault against police officers are 15% higher when they wear cameras, possibly because they feel more confident about reporting assaults once they are captured on camera or because the officers did not keep their cameras on throughout their shift.

    Jun 1, 2016

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    Body-Worn Cameras Associated with Increased Assaults Against Police

    Rates of assault against police officers are 15% higher when they wear cameras, possibly because they feel more confident about reporting assaults once they are captured on camera. The camera also may make officers less assertive and more vulnerable to assault.

    May 17, 2016

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    Police–Community Relations

    In this Events @ RAND podcast, our panel of experts discuss new training and technologies that help foster a better relationship between police departments and the communities they are charged with protecting.

    May 5, 2016

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    Examining Perceptions of the Nature of Urban Street Gangs in EGYV Areas

    To improve understanding of how local experiences of street gangs may have changed recently, and to better understand the national gangs picture and the challenges and emerging threats facing local areas, the British Home Office has commissioned RAND Europe to deliver research in Ending Gang and Youth Violence areas.

    Feb 29, 2016

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    Local perspectives in Ending Gang and Youth Violence areas: Perceptions of the nature of urban street gangs

    The aim of this study was to understand perceptions of the nature of urban street gangs and whether these gangs have changed in recent years in the 33 areas that make up the UK Government's Ending Gang and Youth Violence (EGYV) programme.

    Feb 26, 2016

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    A Review of the Literature on Sexual Assault Perpetrator Characteristics and Behaviors

    This report aims to assist the Air Force in its continued efforts to combat sexual assault perpetration within its ranks through an examination of the existing empirical literature on adult perpetrators who commit sexual assault against other adults.

    Jan 5, 2016

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    Gun Violence: Where Is the Research That Might Save Lives?

    Gun violence is an important public health problem that accounts for more than 33,000 deaths each year in the United States. But in 1996, Congress stripped the CDC of funding for any research that could be associated with gun control advocacy. The lack of CDC funding has deterred researchers.

    Nov 5, 2015

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    A Commander's Guide to Hazing Prevention

    This tool provides a short overview of hazing for military commanders and was derived from research documented in Hazing in the U.S. Armed Forces: Recommendations for Hazing Prevention Policy and Practice.

    Aug 11, 2015

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    Hazing in the U.S. Armed Forces: Recommendations for Hazing Prevention Policy and Practice

    This report addresses ways to improve the armed forces' definition of hazing, the effects of and motivations for hazing, how the armed forces can prevent and respond to hazing, and how the armed forces can improve the tracking of hazing incidents.

    Aug 11, 2015

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    Learning to Stop Worrying and Love the Internet of Things

    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.

    Aug 4, 2015

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

    This annual report to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors outlines Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act success offering programs to high-need juvenile probationers and at-risk youth.

    Jun 24, 2015

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    Examining Police, Community Relations

    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.”

    May 8, 2015

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    Strengthening Trust Between Police and the Public

    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.

    May 1, 2015

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    Assessing Measures Against Organised Crime

    Organised crime poses a threat to the security and freedom of European citizens and impacts the lives of people worldwide. Recognising the severity of the problem and the need for coordinated action, the EU has initiated a number of measures to encourage closer cooperation between Members States and the adoption of common legal, judicial and investigative frameworks to address organised crime.

    Mar 23, 2015

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    Using Emergency Department Data for Crime Prevention

    Data sharing among emergency departments and law enforcement is known to reduce crime. RAND Europe researchers are developing guidance for police practitioners in England and Wales on available hospital data and its potential uses, as well as on how to establish and maintain data-sharing partnerships with NHS partners.

    Dec 19, 2014

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    What Research Says About Profiling

    When police take action on the basis of race, creed, or ethnicity it is corrosive, unfair, ineffective, and can stoke the flames of police-community tension. But as we have found from a variety of assessments, law enforcement is best served when it bases its activities on risk—not on personal characteristics.

    Dec 18, 2014

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    Targeting Alcohol Misuse: A Promising Strategy for Reducing Military Sexual Assaults?

    There has been growing concern about both sexual assault and alcohol misuse in the U.S. military. Research on civilians may provide guidance for efforts to reduce alcohol misuse as part of a larger strategy targeting sexual assault in the military.

    Oct 31, 2014