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RAND work on public safety issues ranges from policing and prisons to violent crime and the illegal drug trade, as well as homeland security and emergency preparedness. RAND research helps inform policy debates that are often riddled with arguments driven not by evidence but by emotion and ideology.

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    Why Correctional Education Matters

    Dec 12, 2016

    RAND research on correctional education explores the effects on recidivism and post-release employment outcomes, as well as its cost-effectiveness.

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    Commentary

    The Legal Marijuana Middle Ground

    Dec 1, 2016

    There are many ways to legalize marijuana supply besides the for-profit approach. But to learn what effects various models have, the federal government will have to make it easier for states to implement some middle-ground options.

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    Robust Stormwater Management in the Pittsburgh Region: A Pilot Study

    This report provides an independent study of how the stormwater problem in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania metropolitan region could grow with future change, and discusses potential long-term solutions using new analytical approaches developed by RAND.

    Apr 24, 2017

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    Commentary

    Are Terrorists Using Cryptocurrencies?

    As the U.S. Treasury Department and its partners have denied terrorists access to the international financial system, new digital currencies could become an attractive alternative. They could be used for money laundering or to pay the personnel and vendors that keep the terrorist machine running.

    Apr 21, 2017

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    Commentary

    Five Eyes at 70: Where to from Here?

    The Five Eyes intelligence alliance of the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Australia, and New Zealand began in the Cold War to meet the threat posed by the Soviet Union. Today, the nations' intelligence communities must contend with domestic terrorism and cyber threats while remaining ahead of Russia and China.

    Apr 21, 2017

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    Announcement

    RAND Partners with City of Pittsburgh on New Resilience Strategy

    In March, the City of Pittsburgh released OnePGH: Pittsburgh's Resilience Strategy. Developed in partnership with RAND, the strategy will guide long-term, sustainable development in the region.

    Apr 18, 2017

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    Enhancing Professionalism in the U.S. Air Force

    This report considers the U.S. Air Force definition of professionalism as a starting point to address the question: What can the Air Force do to increase the professionalism of its personnel?

    Apr 14, 2017

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    Commentary

    Lessons from Northern Uganda: Post-Conflict Integration of 'Children Born of War'

    Children conceived as a result of sexual violence during armed conflict face socioeconomic marginalization, family rejection, stigmatization, and violence. Grass-roots women's organizations in northern Uganda are helping to integrate these children in post-conflict societies.

    Apr 12, 2017

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    Best Practices for Suicide Prevention Messaging and Evaluating California's "Know the Signs" Media Campaign

    California's "Know the Signs" media campaign for suicide prevention is consistent with what is known about best practices, though evidence in this field is still nascent.

    Apr 7, 2017

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    Why Prison Education Matters

    In this Events @ RAND podcast, our panel of experts discuss the costs and benefits of using education to stop the prison revolving door, and the effectiveness of programs like The Last Mile, which prepares inmates for reentry by providing them with marketable skills.

    Apr 6, 2017

  • Armed police officers stand at the Carriage Gates entrance to the Houses of Parliament, following the attack in Westminster earlier in the week, in London, Britain March 25, 2017

    Commentary

    Two Very Different Views of Terrorism and What to Do About Them

    Does the public want fewer government initiatives aimed at fighting terrorism, or more? The answer could lie in the type of attack involved as well as in individual perceptions of risk and how much inconvenience people are willing to accept in the name of public safety.

    Apr 6, 2017

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    Report

    The Risks of Bias and Errors in Artificial Intelligence

    Machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) influence many aspects of life today. These agents are not exempt from errors or bias because they are designed, built, and taught by humans. While AI has great promise, using it introduces a new level of risk and complexity in policy.

    Apr 5, 2017

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    Testimony

    Funding Considerations in the Fight Against the Opioid Epidemic

    Recent strategies to combat the opioid epidemic have had some success. But much more research is needed to understand their effectiveness. For pressing funding decisions, policymakers should focus on tactics that address both prescription opioid and heroin use.

    Apr 5, 2017

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    Detecting Changes in Newspaper Reporting of Suicide After a Statewide Social Marketing Campaign

    In conclusion and similar to many past evaluations, we find no evidence that the KTS campaign was effective in changing the way in which suicides are reported on in California had any effect.

    Apr 4, 2017

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    Mid-term Assessment of the EU Drugs Strategy 2013–2020 and Final Evaluation of the Action Plan on Drugs 2013–2016

    This evaluation assesses the degree of implementation of the EU Drugs Strategy 2013 2020 and the Action Plan 20132016 in terms of outputs and, to the extent possible, impacts.

    Apr 4, 2017

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    Research Brief

    Helping Kids and Families Cope with Violence

    Safe Start interventions help children deal with the harmful effects of exposure to violence. Analysis showed families who took part in interventions generally improved over time, but more information is needed on what does and does not work for children and families.

    Mar 30, 2017

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    Commentary

    Why It's So Hard to Stop a Cyberattack — and Even Harder to Fight Back

    Cyber weapons attack the underlying network or computer systems. The possibility of unexpected effects in the cyber world is therefore greater than in conventional warfare. Not knowing if the effects were intentional complicates the response.

    Mar 30, 2017

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    Journal Article

    Recreational Cannabis: Minimizing the Health Risks from Legalization

    Legalizing recreational use of marijuana comes with a host of policy decisions, including how to regulate the supply, pricing, and access to the drug, and how to approach public health messaging on substance abuse prevention.

    Mar 28, 2017

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    Rising Flood Insurance Costs a Growing Burden to Communities and Homeowners in New York City

    Hurricane Sandy underscored the need for greater resilience to flooding. Insurance is part of the strategy, but it is spotty among one- to four-family properties in New York and is difficult for some to afford. Adding to the challenge is direction from Congress to phase out subsidies in the National Flood Insurance Program.

    Mar 27, 2017

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    Research Brief

    How Affordable Is Flood Insurance in New York City and What Can Be Done to Address Affordability Issues?

    This research brief examines the affordability of flood insurance in New York City and what can be done to address the affordability issue.

    Mar 27, 2017

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    Flood Insurance Costs Rising in NYC

    Hurricane Sandy underscored the need for greater resilience to flooding. Insurance is part of the strategy, but it is spotty among one- to four-family properties in New York and is difficult for some to afford. Adding to the challenge is direction from Congress to phase out subsidies in the National Flood Insurance Program.

    Mar 27, 2017

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    Commentary

    Reining in Internet Abuse

    The internet is being used for harmful, unethical, and illegal purposes. Examples include incitement and recruitment by terrorists, cyber bullying, and malicious fake news. Americans say they are unhappy with the tone of the online discourse, but are reluctant to consider potential remedies.

    Mar 23, 2017