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.

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    Equity in Research, North Korean Instability, Traffic Stops: RAND Weekly Recap

    Jul 9, 2021

    This weekly recap focuses on how RAND applies an equity lens to research, instability in North Korea, what police think about traffic stops, and more.

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    Commentary

    Charting a Path Forward for College Athletes to Receive Pay

    Jul 9, 2021

    For its 115-year history, even as the popularity and profitability of collegiate athletics soared, the NCAA restricted what student athletes could receive in education-related benefits. A recent Supreme Court ruling may prove transformative as a step toward allowing college athletes to access the income that their labor produces.

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    How RAND Applies an Equity Lens to Research and Analysis

    Jul 7, 2021

    RAND recognizes that serving the public good requires tackling the factors that contribute to inequities head-on. Current projects focus on such issues as environmental racism, mass incarceration, and anti-Asian violence.

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    Commentary

    Job Training Is More Effective When Educators, Government, and Industry Work Together

    Jul 6, 2021

    The United States is facing economic gaps wider than have been seen in a century. To keep the nation economically strong and able to provide middle-class lifestyles to its citizens, educators, government, and private industry need to work together to shape training opportunities.

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    Commentary

    Donald Rumsfeld: Anti–Nation-Builder

    Jul 6, 2021

    As Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld repeatedly resisted U.S. military participation in nation-building–type operations. Even as the United States terminates the last of those nation-building missions, that in Afghanistan, it is worth reflecting on these experiences.

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Briefings

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

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    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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    Event

    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?

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    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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Alerts & Newsletters

RAND periodically sends alerts and newsletters to update Congress on highlights of recent work about judiciary issues.

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    RAND Research on Marijuana

    Apr 13, 2021

    As policymakers consider legislative proposals to legalize marijuana, RAND experts can provide an objective and data-driven perspective on questions such as taxation design, health effects, and social equity.

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    What We Know and Don't Know About Cannabis

    Apr 11, 2019

    Cannabis policy is on the agenda across the nation as the federal and state governments confront questions about cannabis legalization, taxation options, and consequences for youth.

  • In Case You Missed It: Scientific Research Could Reduce Disagreements on Gun Policy

    Mar 28, 2019

    How can Congress help build a robust and transformative gun policy research enterprise? RAND's Andrew Morral discusses ideas that could improve the quality of research needed to help craft policies that could contribute to reducing gun injuries, deaths, and violence.

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    Considering Justice Policy in the 116th Congress

    Jan 25, 2019

    What are the biggest justice policy issues facing the 116th Congress? RAND experts offer up insight on a variety of topics, including drug policy, gun policy, and criminal justice reform.

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    In Case You Missed It: Evolution of the U.S. Overdose Crisis

    Sep 21, 2018

    RAND's Bryce Pardo discusses China's role in the production and supply of synthetic opioids and outlines some actions lawmakers can take to reduce this problem beyond traditional drug policy tools.

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    Judiciary Issues in the 115th Congress

    Apr 13, 2017

    From drug policy and criminal justice to immigration and cybersecurity—RAND expertise covers many of the issues that are likely to confront the 115th Congress.

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    How Effective Is Correctional Education, and Where Do We Go from Here?

    Sep 24, 2015

    According to RAND research, inmates who take part in education programs have 43% lower odds of returning to prison. The findings also suggest a return on investment of $4 to $5 during the first three years after release for each $1 invested in prison education.

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    Police-Community Relations: Respect and Legitimacy Is a Two-Way Street

    May 12, 2015

    What can be done to help repair the fractures in trust between some police departments and the communities they serve? Much of the responsibility does in fact fall to local communities, but several actions can be taken at the federal level to help shape and drive change.

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    RAND On Corporate Behavior, Corrections Needs, and Malpractice Reform

    Feb 16, 2015

    From criminalizing corporate behavior and high-priority technology needs for the corrections sector to malpractice reform savings through a reduction in defensive medicine, RAND examines current judicial issues and offers recommendations.

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    Drugs and Drug Policy in America: What's Next for Policymakers?

    Mar 13, 2014

    RAND has research and experts available to provide information for policymakers preparing legislation related to drug policy. Topics include substance use and trends, marijuana policy, drug treatment programs, prevention strategies, economics of drugs markets, and more.

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