Justice Policy Issues

This page offers an easy way for policymakers to access justice policy research and analysis that is relevant to current Congressional agendas. For additional information, to request documents, or to arrange a briefing, contact the RAND Office of Congressional Relations at ocr@rand.org or (703) 413-1100 x5643.

Recent Findings

  • Commentary

    Helping Lebanon Succeed Is More Than About Countering Iran

    Jan 16, 2019

    As tensions increase on the Israeli-Lebanese border the possibility is growing that a confrontation with Iran may move from Syria to Lebanon. For the United States, turning its back on this small but strategically critical country and conflating U.S. interests in Lebanon solely with countering Iran could be short-sighted, and a missed opportunity at a time when the region has few.

  • Commentary

    Don't Lose Sight of the Nameless Government Workers

    Jan 14, 2019

    There are 800,000 government employees that aren't being paid during the partial U.S. government shutdown. These workers play a critical role in making America safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous.

  • Research Brief

    Holistic Representation Can Reduce Incarceration and Save Taxpayer Dollars

    Jan 11, 2019

    An innovative approach to defending poor clients prevented more than 1 million days of incarceration over 10 years, without reducing public safety.

  • Commentary

    Questioning the Presumption of a U.S.-China Power Transition

    Jan 9, 2019

    The United States occupies the central role in a world order that, while under growing duress, remains a central organizing framework in world affairs. There are many trajectories along which U.S.-China relations might evolve if China aims to displace the United States for global pre-eminence.

  • Commentary

    Book Review: The Heart of War—Misadventures in the Pentagon

    Jan 8, 2019

    Both Washington insiders and the general public may be inspired by Kathleen McCinnis's The Heart of War. The novel prompts readers to think more realistically about the Pentagon and its role in policymaking.

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Briefings

For more information on these and other Congressional briefings, contact the Office of Congressional Relations.

  • Event

    Protecting Consumer Data: Considerations for Congress

    Jun 8, 2018

    Many of the laws that govern data privacy were developed before the widespread adoption of online communications and social media accounts. Should consumers be in charge of self-regulating what they share and how companies use it? Rebecca Balebako and John Davis will discuss policy opportunities for better protecting consumer data. [Washington, D.C.]

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    States vs. the Federal Government: Marijuana Legalization in the United States

    Jun 9, 2017

    As the marijuana policy landscape continues to change from state to state, the substance remains illegal under federal law. How can action abroad help inform policy in the United States, and what are Congress' options?

  • Event

    Insights About Marijuana Legalization in the United States

    Jan 21, 2015

    Marijuana legalization is a complex issue under serious debate. As Vermont prepares to vote on legalization, this briefing reviews a RAND report that analyzes income-earning potential for the state, marijuana policy in the U.S. and abroad, alternatives to marijuana prohibition, and how federal-state conflicts can impact policy choices.

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