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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  • Commentary

    Freedom of the Internet 'Press'

    Aug 10, 2018

    The First Amendment enables companies such as Facebook to publish what they choose. Arguing against this right could lead to government regulation over digital media. It could also further degrade the reliability of online information.

  • Commentary

    The Roots—and Purpose—of the Post-War Order

    Aug 7, 2018

    As the world enters an era of greater international competition, U.S. policymakers should take care not to underestimate the importance of the postwar system. The order is far from a myth; it is the United States' most important competitive advantage.

  • Commentary

    Navigating Asia's Stormy Seas: Regional Perspectives on U.S.-China Competition

    Aug 7, 2018

    Many of the key advantages the United States enjoys in a strategic competition with China depend on strong relationships with U.S. allies and partners. Beijing will certainly do its utmost to take advantage of any opportunities presented by concerns about the strength and sustainability of the U.S. role in the region.

  • Report

    A High-Quality Correctional Workforce Is Essential

    Aug 7, 2018

    Correctional staff can have a significant impact not only on the lives of offenders and their chances for successful outcomes, but also on the communities where they reside or to which they will return upon release. An expert panel identified and prioritized ways to address the sector's workforce concerns.

  • Commentary

    Potential Benefits for Most New Yorkers but No Free Lunch: Tough Decisions for Single-Payer Health Care in New York

    Aug 6, 2018

    A single-payer plan in New York would shift health-care spending to the state instead of private insurers. As with any far-reaching legislation, there are trade-offs and it is important that policymakers consider the impact of the single-payer plan in totality.

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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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Alerts & Newsletters

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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