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

    The Need for Superpowers to Embrace a Vision of World Affairs

    Jun 21, 2018

    A superpower promulgates a conception of world affairs that attracts others, enabling it to advance its objectives and amplify its values far more than it could do on its own. Washington has a significant edge over Beijing in this regard.

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    In Reckoning with Today's Truth Wars, Look to America's Past

    Jun 19, 2018

    The declining regard for factual evidence may be a defining characteristic of our current age. Previous eras suggest it is within society's power to restore respect for objective facts. Humankind just needs to put it on the agenda.

  • Commentary

    Politics in India—Not Business as Usual

    Jun 19, 2018

    India's ruling party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has suffered recent, self-inflicted electoral setbacks. But it is still the best-organized and richest political party in the country. Can opposing alliances defeat the BJP?

  • Commentary

    From Florida's Farm Fields, Lessons for #MeToo and Other Movements

    Jun 15, 2018

    Present-day organizers who want to bring about social change would do well to look to Florida farmworkers. They took on the low wages, physical abuse, and vulnerability that have long characterized agricultural labor in the United States — and won, changing the culture for the better.

  • Commentary

    Why This Wasn't Kim's Father's—or Grandfather's—Summit

    Jun 13, 2018

    This is the third time the United States and North Korea have started down a path toward denuclearization and normalization of relations. The difference now is that Trump and Kim have committed themselves earlier on in the process and more publicly than their predecessors did.

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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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    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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    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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