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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    Testimony

    Considering Supply Chain Resiliency

    Oct 14, 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare the fragility of global supply chains. And the SolarWinds hack showed how the scope of a supply chain should be interpreted more broadly to reflect dependencies on software. How can the United States increase supply chain resiliency?

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    Commentary

    Is the Fight for $15 Going to Cost Low-Wage Workers Their Health Insurance?

    Oct 11, 2021

    Minimum wage increases can lead to reductions in employer-sponsored health insurance for some workers and their dependents. If policymakers want to raise the minimum wage, they should look beyond standard labor market outcomes and take into account other potential effects.

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    Research Brief

    Black Motorists Face More-Serious Charges for Excessive Speeding Than White Motorists Do

    Oct 4, 2021

    In many states, motorists accused of excessive speeding can face either a criminal misdemeanor or a traffic infraction. Data on speeding violations in Virginia show large racial disparities in who is convicted of a misdemeanor.

  • Tenants and housing rights activists protest for a halting of rent payments and mortgage debt in Los Angeles, California, October 1, 2020, photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

    Commentary

    Renters' Last Chance for Pandemic Aid Before Evictions Resume

    Sep 24, 2021

    The pandemic has battered Los Angeles renters, and a new wave of pain is coming with the moratorium on evictions ending September 30. But this housing crisis doesn't have to turn into a new homelessness crisis. Californians with incomes below 80 percent of their area's median are eligible to receive funds from the COVID-19 Rent Relief program.

  • Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks to media after announcing his withdrawal from the party leadership race in Tokyo, Japan, September 3, 2021, photo by Kyodo/Reuters

    Commentary

    What Instability at the Top Means for Japan's Alliance with the United States

    Sep 22, 2021

    Having shorter-serving prime ministers tends to minimize Japan's ability to operate as a strategic player. If Suga's resignation is the start of a revolving door, then the implications for Japan's policies and the U.S.-Japan alliance could be significant.

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Briefings

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

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    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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    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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