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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  • Essay

    The Time to Prevent Shortfalls in Critical Materials Is Now

    China's domination of the rare earth market is a matter of economic and national security concern. Existing plans to diversify the market and help the United States break its reliance on China likely don't go far enough or fast enough, and the clock is running.

    Mar 20, 2023

  • Blog

    Opioids in America, Silicon Valley Bank, Semiconductors: RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on addressing America's illicit opioids problem, Silicon Valley Bank’s demise, Taiwan’s semiconductor dominance, and more.

    Mar 17, 2023

  • Testimony

    Evaluation of the California County Resentencing Pilot Program

    The California County Resentencing Pilot Program was established in 2021 and will run through September 1, 2024. In the program's first year, what were some of the implementation challenges participants faced? And what are some early results from the nine pilot counties' case reviews?

    Mar 17, 2023

  • Commentary

    Financial Panic in the Age of Digital Banking and Social Media

    Bank runs as a source of systemic risk are nothing new. To manage systemic risks in the age of social media, regulators may need to anticipate where the crisis will go and build in automatic brakes to slow them down. There likely won't be time to react at the speed of negotiation between regulators and bankers.

    Mar 14, 2023

  • Commentary

    Reducing Racial Disparities in VA Disability Compensation Decisions

    Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough recently announced formation of an equity team to examine and address racial differences in disability compensation grant rates. This is encouraging progress, particularly after years of reluctance on the part of the department to acknowledge there might be a problem.

    Mar 13, 2023

More Research on Justice Policy


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

  • Event

    Protecting Consumer Data: Considerations for Congress

    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.]

    Jun 8, 2018

  • Event

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

    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?

    Jun 9, 2017

  • Event

    Insights About Marijuana Legalization in the United States

    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.

    Jan 21, 2015

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Alerts & Newsletters

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

  • Considering Justice Policy in the 118th Congress

    What are the biggest justice policy policy issues facing the 118th Congress? RAND experts offer up insight on a variety of justice topics in recent years, including drug policy, gun policy, health care consolidation and integration, violent extremism, and more.

    Feb 15, 2023

  • RAND Research on Marijuana

    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.

    Apr 13, 2021

  • What We Know and Don't Know About Cannabis

    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.

    Apr 11, 2019

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

    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.

    Mar 28, 2019

  • Considering Justice Policy in the 116th Congress

    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.

    Jan 25, 2019

  • Considering Justice Policy in the 116th Congress

    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.

    Jan 25, 2019

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

    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.

    Sep 21, 2018

  • Judiciary Issues in the 115th Congress

    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.

    Apr 13, 2017

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

    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.

    Sep 24, 2015

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

    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.

    May 12, 2015

  • RAND On Corporate Behavior, Corrections Needs, and Malpractice Reform

    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.

    Feb 16, 2015

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

    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.

    Mar 13, 2014

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