Selected Justice Policy Projects

  • Resetting the Record: The Facts on Hiring People With Criminal Histories

    RAND researchers are building a portfolio of research that addresses a major challenge for policymakers, employers, and citizens: how to connect more people who have criminal convictions to job opportunities.

  • RAND Community-Police Relations Dialogue Project

    RAND designed a community-based tabletop dialogue to address conflict between police officers and the communities they serve. The dialogue is designed to start a conversation about these issues among community stakeholders, including police, government agencies, social service providers, resident representatives, and other concerned organizations.

  • Violent Extremism in America

    What factors lead people to join violent extremist organizations? What prompts them to exit extremist groups, and in some cases joining the fight against radicalization?

  • Census of Youth Law Enforcement Experience Programs

    Law enforcement agencies (LEAs) face a number of recruitment challenges in attracting talented law enforcement candidates who represent a diversity of backgrounds and experiences. This study aims to increase the capacity of LEAs to implement innovative youth programs that introduce and promote careers in law enforcement.

  • Promoting Positive Outcomes for Incarcerated Parents and their Children

    U.S. prisons offer services and programs designed to support incarcerated parents and their children, however, little is known about what programs exist, how they are implemented, and the extent to which incarcerated parents participate. This project examined and documented available prison-based programs for incarcerated parents.

  • Understanding the Role of Subgroups within the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

    RAND conducted an independent research study on deputy subgroups within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) to better understand the role and impact of these groups.

  • Better Policing Toolkit

    The Better Policing Toolkit is a resource to help law enforcement agencies identify and implement the most effective strategies for different crime problems.

  • Priority Criminal Justice Needs Initiative

    The RAND Corporation, partnering with the Police Executive Research Forum, RTI International, and the University of Denver, is conducting research to assess and prioritize needs across the criminal justice community and to utilize innovation to solve problems and work smarter.

  • Improving School Climate and Safety in Jackson Public Schools

    An evaluation of of the impact and implementation of Tools for Life, a program designed to improve school climate and safety, in Jackson, Mississippi public schools.

  • National Census of Victim Service Providers (NCVSP)

    The National Census of Victim Service Providers (NCVSP) and the National Survey of Victim Service Providers (NSVSP) are nationwide data collection efforts designed by and to be implemented by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), in collaboration with the U.S. Office for Victims of Crime (OVC).

  • Simulation-Based Training: Use of Virtual Environments in Diverse Contexts

    RAND is exploring the use of simulation-based training for law enforcement, emergency responders, and others, with projects that are evaluating technology solutions, integrating training simulators, and developing new virtual systems for training.