Crime and its impact on public safety, public health, and economics are universal concerns. RAND research has informed criminal justice policy development at local, state, and national levels in the United States and Europe, particularly in the areas of juvenile crime, violence, and substance abuse, and has explored a range of topics from the drug trade and "insider" crimes to sexual assault and the cost-effectiveness of crime prevention.
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The RAND Center on Quality Policing provides research and analysis on contemporary police practice and policy. The Center's work helps law enforcement agencies across the U.S. make better operational decisions and consistently perform at their best.
The New Orleans Police Department launched a new crime-fighting plan in late January, with the title "SOS: Save Our Sons." The plan was developed using policing research similar to the findings of RAND's Center on Quality Policing.
Understanding how criminal gangs and other non-state actors compete with the state to provide public services, gain popular support, and jeopardize security can help policymakers counter these groups' activities.
The world's first Social Impact Bond, an innovative payment-by-results mechanism to fund public services, was implemented in a prison in Peterborough in eastern England. It aims to reduce reoffending by prisoners who have served short custodial sentences.
Children who are exposed to violence can experience negative social and psychological effects both at the time of the exposure and throughout their lives. The Safe Start Evaluation Project strives to find effective programs to improve children's well-being.
RAND Safety and Justice conducts research and analysis on policing, law enforcement, and corrections; crime, gangs, and violence prevention; drug abuse and drug policy; administration of justice; and occupational and transportation safety.