Crime and Violence Prevention


Preventing violent crime involves not only traditional law enforcement and criminal justice but also an integrated, long-term approach that addresses the root causes and drivers of crime. RAND researchers several aspects of safety and justice, including policing, mental health care, gun control, and more.

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    Improving the Security of Soft Targets and Crowded Places

    Attacks on U.S. soft targets and crowded places are rare for a country of more than 330 million people, but they still result in significant loss of life and generate widespread fear. A layered approach to security helps improve the chances that an attack will be stopped or mitigated.

    Mar 27, 2024

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    Countering the Drone Threat to U.S. Correctional Security

    Drones are used to send contraband such as drugs and cell phones into correctional institutions. In some cases, they have been used to deliver weapons and tools to facilitate escape. Securing airspace and interdicting drone incursions are relatively new and complex challenges that must be addressed.

    Mar 13, 2024

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    Research Brief

    Forecasting Crime for Law Enforcement

    Predictive policing is the use of analytical techniques to prevent crime or solve past crimes. An assessment of some of the most promising technical tools and tactical approaches offers recommendations for police and developers.

    Oct 14, 2013

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    The Role of Crime Forecasting in Law Enforcement Operations

    Predictive policing methods fall into four general categories: methods for predicting crimes, predicting offenders, predicting perpetrators' identities, and predicting victims of crime. These methods are not equivalent to a crystal ball, but they can enhance proactive policing and improve intervention strategies.

    Sep 25, 2013

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    Evaluating the Caruth Police Institute in Dallas

    The Caruth Police Institute (CPI) has been an important vehicle for enhancing leadership skills of mid- and high-level Dallas Police Department officers and creating a more professional police force, according to a RAND evaluation.

    Aug 28, 2013

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    Los Angeles County Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act: Fiscal Year 2011-2012 Report

    This annual report for the California Board of State and Community Corrections measures the success of Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act programs and initiatives for six state-mandated outcome measures and county-mandated supplemental measures.

    Aug 12, 2013

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    News Release

    Greater Transparency, Accountability Key to Improving Effectiveness of Israel Police

    An approach to policing known as “procedural justice,” emphasizing transparency and accountability, would help Israel's national police meet current and emerging challenges. The force needs to address issues of civil-police relations, benchmarking, performance measurement, and deterrence.

    Jul 1, 2013

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    The State of the Union 2013

    The 2013 SOTU address will be remembered for its impassioned call for greater gun control just two months after Sandy Hook. But President Obama's second-term agenda can be characterized by its sheer breadth, reflecting the broad range of policy challenges facing the U.S. today.

    Feb 13, 2013

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    Firearms and Gun Control: Many Questions, Some Answers

    Guns claim the lives of thousands of people in America every year. But the problem of gun violence is larger and much more complex than mass shootings. What does research say about how to reduce firearm-related deaths?

    Jan 17, 2013

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    Can Improved Mental Health Care Prevent Gun Crimes? The Truth Is, We Don't Know

    If policymakers and the public expect the mental health community to play a significant role in preventing future incidents like Newtown, the mental health research agenda must become a higher national priority in future federal funding decisions, writes Terry Schell.

    Jan 17, 2013

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    Accounting for Risk of Violent Death

    As a Southerner who learned to shoot at an early age, I've never had a problem with guns. But emergency-room doctors like me also know how much damage they can cause if misused or allowed to fall into the wrong hands, writes Arthur Kellermann.

    Jan 7, 2013

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    Responding to Newtown

    Art Kellermann reviews what is known from broad outlines of the Newtown attack and past research on gun violence to offer some preliminary thoughts to the Obama Administration's task force and the public.

    Dec 26, 2012

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    Silencing the Science on Gun Research

    The United States has long relied on public health science to improve the safety, health, and lives of its citizens. Perhaps the same straightforward, problem-solving approach that worked well in other circumstances can help the nation meet the challenge of firearm violence, writes Arthur Kellermann.

    Dec 21, 2012

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    The Complete Guide to Physical Security

    Creating a sound security plan involves understanding not only security requirements but also the dynamics of the marketplace, employee issues, and management goals.

    Dec 14, 2012

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    Los Angeles County Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act: Fiscal Year 2010-2011 Report

    The Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act funds programs that curb crime among juvenile probationers and young at-risk offenders. This report summarizes, for fiscal year 2010-2011, state- and county-determined outcome measures from each program.

    Sep 17, 2012

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    Selected International Best Practices in Police Performance Measurement

    Police officers take on a variety of roles, and performance measures should capture this complexity. This report describes key considerations in designing police performance measures and includes a detailed review of international best practices.

    May 7, 2012

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    Los Angeles County Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act: Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Report

    The Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act funds programs that curb crime among juvenile probationers and young at-risk offenders. This report summarizes, for fiscal year 2009-2010, state- and county-determined outcome measures from each program.

    Jan 24, 2012

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    Technology Grant Helps Dallas Police Department Modernize Operations

    The Dallas Police Department received a $5 million grant in 2006 to install laptops and video recorders in patrol cars and thus modernize its operations. RAND evaluated the initiative and found it to be generally successful, despite some implementation problems.

    Jan 18, 2012

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    Silencing the Science on Gun Research

    Restrictions on gun-related injury research have hindered progress on reducing gun violence. Unless this restriction in lifted, public health science on firearms has effectively been muffled.

    Jan 1, 2012

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    Save Money — Hire Police

    The high cost of crime to society suggests that adding police officers may give large cities a sizable return on their investments, write Greg Ridgeway and Paul Heaton.

    Nov 22, 2011

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    How Will Police Forces Operate in 20 Years?

    Advances in technology are driving significant changes in day-to-day police operations, but criminals can employ the same technologies that police do. Therefore, the key to the future of policing is not technology, but the ways in which forces adapt it to their purposes.

    Oct 3, 2011

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    The Impact of Gun-Law Messaging on Gun Purchases

    A public safety message aimed at improving gun law awareness was found to have an effect on new gun buyers' behaviors, particularly in regards to reports of stolen guns, which more than doubled as a result.

    Jul 26, 2011