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RAND work on public safety issues ranges from policing and prisons to violent crime and the illegal drug trade, as well as homeland security and emergency preparedness. RAND research helps inform policy debates that are often riddled with arguments driven not by evidence but by emotion and ideology.

  • Commentary

    Strategies to Prevent Clinically Unnecessary Opioid Use

    Guidance on how to direct opioid-related settlement funds has focused on reducing deaths and improving treatment for substance use disorders. What's also needed are strategies to reduce opioid initiation, particularly through effective pain management with nonopioid alternatives.

    Aug 29, 2023

  • Content

    Informing the Gun Policy Debate

    RAND's Gun Policy in America initiative provides information on what scientific research can tell us about the effects of gun laws. Our goal is to establish a shared set of facts that will improve public discussions and support the development of fair and effective gun policies.

    Jan 10, 2023

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  • Early voters brave the remains of Hurricane Zeta as they wait in line at a polling station in Annandale, Virginia, October 29, 2020, photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

    Commentary

    Preparing for Climate Change Risks to the 2024 Elections

    A natural disaster could quickly overwhelm a voting district and render prior planning moot. Officials should plan and practice how they will conduct elections in the wake of a disaster that displaces voters, destroys blank ballots, or damages election equipment.

    Jan 9, 2024

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    Research Brief

    Resetting the Record: The Facts on Hiring People with Criminal Histories

    Misperceptions may keep employers from hiring people with criminal records. If hiring managers can make evidence-based decisions, it could help ensure that companies get the employees they need, people with criminal records get jobs, and society benefits.

    Jan 9, 2024

  • The Mother Ukraine monument in Kyiv, Ukraine, photo by Artem Hvozdkov/Getty Images

    Essay

    Postwar Ukraine: Planning for a Successful and Secure Recovery

    To rebuild successfully, Ukraine will need to come out of the war on a new trajectory. It already has an outline of what recovery will look like. The plan looks beyond the immediate damages and envisions more than $750 billion in economic support and projects that would raise a new Ukraine from the destruction.

    Jan 5, 2024

  • Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputies walk up to an apartment to carry out an eviction, in Los Angeles, California, January 13, 2021, photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

    Commentary

    California Just Banned 'Crime-Free' Housing. Here's Why Other States Should Too

    Crime-free housing policies target low-income and minority renters for eviction and violate their civil rights. That's bad enough. But they also fail to reduce crime. At worst, they're a harmful form of discrimination that leads to more crime and homelessness.

    Jan 5, 2024

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    Tool

    Building Capacity for Data Collection: A Toolkit for Programs Funded by the Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act

    This toolkit is intended to provide programs funded by the Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act in Los Angeles County with assistance to effectively collect data that can be used to evaluate program implementation and effectiveness.

    Jan 3, 2024

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    Journal Article

    Assessing the Risks to Vulnerable Populations Exposed to Tropical Cyclones

    The number of people affected by tropical cyclones nearly doubled from 2002 to 2019. Communities exposed to cyclones are more socioeconomically deprived than those unexposed within the same country. RAND researchers characterize the patterns and vulnerabilities of exposed populations to help identify mitigation strategies and assess the global burden and future risks of cyclones.

    Dec 22, 2023

  • Research Brief

    Research Brief

    Counseling Co-Requirement Laws for Office-Based Buprenorphine Treatment

    Panels of experts rated how they expect a policy requiring counseling with buprenorphine treatment to affect four outcomes and rated this policy on four implementation criteria.

    Dec 21, 2023

  • Research Brief

    Research Brief

    Drug Toxicology Testing Requirements

    Panels of experts rated how they expect a policy mandating drug testing for opioid use disorder treatment planning to affect four outcomes and rated this policy on four implementation criteria.

    Dec 21, 2023

  • Research Brief

    Research Brief

    Full State Scope-of-Practice Laws

    Panels of experts rated how they expect scope-of-practice laws allowing advanced-practice providers to prescribe medication for opioid use disorder independently to affect four outcomes and rated this policy on four implementation criteria.

    Dec 21, 2023

  • Research Brief

    Research Brief

    Hub-and-Spoke Type Policies

    Panels of experts rated how they expect hub-and-spoke type policies to affect four outcomes and rated these policies on four implementation criteria.

    Dec 21, 2023

  • Research Brief

    Research Brief

    Length of Time That Medicaid Covers Medication for Opioid Use Disorder

    Panels of experts rated how they expect a policy requiring state-level Medicaid to cover medication for opioid use disorder for at least six months to affect four outcomes and rated this policy on four implementation criteria.

    Dec 21, 2023

  • Research Brief

    Research Brief

    Pay-for-Performance Policies

    Panels of experts rated how they expect a policy mandating additional payments to providers for improved quality and value of opioid use disorder treatment to affect four outcomes and rated this policy on four implementation criteria.

    Dec 21, 2023

  • Research Brief

    Research Brief

    State Mandates for Opioid Use Disorder Drug Formularies

    Panels of experts rated how they expect a policy mandating at least two medications for opioid use disorder to be on preferred drug lists for drug formularies to affect four outcomes and rated this policy on four implementation criteria.

    Dec 21, 2023

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    News Release

    Number of People Affected by Tropical Cyclones Has Increased Sharply Since 2002

    The number of people affected by tropical cyclones has nearly doubled from 2002 to 2019, reaching nearly 800 million people in 2019.

    Dec 20, 2023

  • Research Brief

    Research Brief

    Coerced Drug Treatment Policies

    Panels of experts rated how they expect a policy legally compelling individuals to participate in opioid use disorder treatment to affect four outcomes and rated this policy on four implementation criteria.

    Dec 20, 2023

  • Research Brief

    Research Brief

    Emergency Department Treatment-Linkage Financial Incentive Policies

    Panels of experts rated how they expect a policy financially incentivizing emergency departments to follow a specific process for patients diagnosed with opioid use disorder to affect four outcomes and rated this policy on four implementation criteria.

    Dec 20, 2023

  • Research Brief

    Research Brief

    Facilitated Access to Medication for Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) Requirements

    Panels of experts rated how they expect a policy requiring state substance use disorder programs to offer accessible medication for opioid use disorder to affect four outcomes and rated this policy on four implementation criteria.

    Dec 20, 2023

  • Research Brief

    Research Brief

    Involuntary Civil Commitment Laws

    Panels of experts rated how they expect a policy establishing involuntary civil commitment laws to affect four outcomes and rated this policy on four implementation criteria.

    Dec 20, 2023

  • Research Brief

    Research Brief

    Medicaid Enrollment for Individuals Leaving Jail or Prison

    Panels of experts rated how they expect a policy requiring Medicaid enrollment assistance for people leaving jail to affect four outcomes and rated this policy on four implementation criteria.

    Dec 20, 2023

  • Research Brief

    Research Brief

    State Medicaid Agency Approval of Collaborative Care Model Reimbursement Codes

    Panels of experts rated how they expect a policy directing state Medicaid approval of reimbursement codes for time spent on collaborative care to affect four outcomes and rated this policy on four implementation criteria.

    Dec 20, 2023