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RAND research on criminal justice examines such topics as drug policy, counterterrorism, DNA evidence, security trade-offs, victims' rights, and much more.

  • A man shakes a woman's hand at a job fair in Clarksville, Tennessee, March 6, 2020, photo by Casey Williams/Clarksville Now

    Research Brief

    A More Accurate Way to Predict Recidivism Risk in Background Checks

    Jan 6, 2022

    Roughly 30 percent of people in the United States have criminal histories, so exclusions resulting from background checks can foreclose job and other opportunities for many. But what if it were possible to show that some people pose a low risk of recidivism?

  • Inmate Marvin Worthy uses his JPay tablet device inside the East Jersey State Prison in Rahway, New Jersey, July 12, 2018, photo by Brendan McDermid/Reuters

    Report

    Leveraging Technology to Support Prisoner Reentry

    May 3, 2022

    How can technology help ease the transition from jails or prisons back into the community—and ensure better outcomes for individuals who have been incarcerated?

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    Emma Louise Blondes

    Analyst
    Education M.A. in criminal justice policy, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE); B.A. in European studies, King's College London (KCL)

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    Michaela Bruckmayer

    Analyst
    Education Ph.D. in politics, University of Sheffield, UK; M.A. in international affairs, California State University, Sacramento, USA; B.B.A. in business administration, Midwestern State University, Texas, USA

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    Shawn D. Bushway

    Senior Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in public policy analysis and political economy, Carnegie Mellon University; B.S. in mathematics, University of Notre Dame

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    Lois M. Davis

    Senior Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in public health, University of California, Los Angeles

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    Terry Fain

    Senior Quantitative Analyst
    Education M.A. in mathematics, Vanderbilt University; M.S. in clinical psychology, California State University Los Angeles; M.A. in sociology, Vanderbilt University

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    Silvia Galimberti

    Analyst
    Education M.Sc. in criminal justice policy, London School of Economics and Political Science

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    Bob Harrison

    Adjunct International/Defense Researcher
    Education P.G. Dipl. in business strategy & innovation, Oxford University; M.S. in management, California Polytechnic University, Pomona; M.S. in human resource management & organization development, Chapman University

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    Paul Heaton

    Adjunct Economist
    Education Ph.D. and M.A. in economics, University of Chicago; B.A. in economics, Brigham Young University

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    Stephanie Brooks Holliday

    Behavioral Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in clinical psychology, Drexel University; M.S. in psychology, Drexel University; B.S. in psychology, Duke University

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    John S. Hollywood

    Senior Operations Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in operations research, MIT; B.S. in applied mathematics, MIT

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    Beau Kilmer

    McCauley Chair in Drug Policy Innovation; Director, RAND Drug Policy Research Center; Senior Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in public policy, Harvard University; M.P.P. in public policy, University of California, Berkeley; B.A. in international relations, Michigan State University

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    Melissa M. Labriola

    Associate Research Department Director, Economics, Sociology, and Statistics Department, Senior Behavioral/Social Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in sociology, City College of New York; M.A. in sociology, George Washington University; B.A. in social relations, Michigan State University

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    Simon Larmour

    Analyst
    Education Ph.D. in criminology, University of Cambridge; M.Phil. in criminological research, University of Cambridge; B.A. in psychology, Carleton University

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    Nelson Lim

    Director, Workforce, Development, and Health Program, RAND Project AIR FORCE; Senior Social Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology, University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. in economics, University of California, Los Angeles

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    Samantha Matthews

    Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School, and Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND
    Education M.P.A., University of Pennsylvania; B.A. in political science, communication, University of Pennsylvania

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    Jamie Morikawa

    Associate Director, RAND Institute for Civil Justice
    Education J.D., University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. in communications, University of California, Los Angeles

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    Fook Nederveen

    Analyst
    Education M.A. in geopolitics, territory and security, King’s College London; B.Sc. in human geography and planning, Utrecht University

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    Mafalda Pardal

    Senior Analyst
    Education Ph.D. in criminology, Ghent University, Belgium; M.Sc. in criminology, KU Leuven, Belgium; B.A. in law, University of Coimbra, Portugal

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    Samantha Perez Davila

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND, and Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.Sc. in applied economics, Johns Hopkins University; B.Sc. in economics and finance, School of Banking and Commerce

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    Samuel Peterson

    Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in criminal justice, University of Cincinnati