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Criminal Justice Research at RAND

A Prospectus

Published 1977

by Peter W. Greenwood

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RAND has conducted a number of studies focusing on police, prosecutors, courts, and corrections. A study on citizen crime prevention activities has recently been completed, and the issue of serious habitual offenders is currently being researched. RAND's specific research objectives are organized into four sectors: (1) Offenders — their characteristics, motivations, and pattern of activities. (2) The criminal justice system — its performance in dealing with criminal behavior and its responses to policy reforms. (3) Potential crime victims — the impact of crime on their lives and their response to victimization. (4) Long-term crime trends, changes in crime rates and factors accounting for changes. The field of criminal justice is not centralized; there are no individual decisionmakers or agencies with the responsibility to reduce crime or measure criminal justice system outputs. Criminal justice policies are the collective product of many agencies. Thus RAND's research is aimed at a wide readership including academics, public officials, and system practitioners.

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