Aug 12, 2019
Justice Policy Publications
Publications from the RAND Justice Policy program cover topics related to public safety and the performance of the U.S. criminal justice system for federal law enforcement and other agencies, police departments, and other clients.
RAND Justice Policy also conducts research on topics related to civil justice through the RAND Institute of Civil Justice (ICJ).
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RAND Justice Policy publications are categorized in the following issue areas; some publications are cross-listed in multiple categories:
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Wage Loss Monitoring for Injured Workers in California's Workers' Compensation System: 2014–2015 Injury Year Findings (Second Interim Report) December 27, 2018
This report presents new estimates of wage loss for workers in California who suffered a workplace injury or illness in 2014–2015 and compares these estimates with trends before, during, and after the Great Recession. The authors matched injured workers with control workers in the same firm at the time of injury with similar characteristics and analyzed the impact of injury on labor market outcomes, including earnings and employment.
Restorative Practices Help Reduce Student Suspensions December 27, 2018
A study of Pittsburgh Public Schools' implementation of restorative practices represents one of the first randomized controlled trials of the effects of restorative practices on classroom and school climates and suspension rates.
Can Restorative Practices Improve School Climate and Curb Suspensions? An Evaluation of the Impact of Restorative Practices in a Mid-Sized Urban School District December 27, 2018
Restorative practices have gained buy-in among school districts, their stakeholders, and policymakers as a strategy to improve classroom and school climates and reduce suspension rates. This study of the implementation of restorative practices in Pittsburgh Public Schools represents one of the first randomized controlled trials of the effects of restorative practices on classroom and school climates and suspension rates.
The Role of Health Care Liens in Litigation and Recovery November 19, 2018
Third-party liens have increasingly become an issue in resolving mass litigation events. This is potentially problematic if liens become sufficiently burdensome or costly that potential litigants do not pursue cases. This paper examines the different types of health care liens and trends in prevalence, as well as how liens have changed the landscape of claim resolution.
California Workers' Compensation Medical-Legal Fee Schedule: Analysis and Recommendations November 9, 2018
Analyzes and offers recommendations for the California workers' compensation medical-legal fee schedule.
Measuring Automated Vehicle Safety: Forging a Framework October 11, 2018
This report presents a framework for measuring safety in automated vehicles (AVs) that could be used broadly by companies, policymakers, and the public. In it, the authors considered how to define safety for AVs, how to measure safety for AVs, and how to communicate what is learned or understood about AVs. The report also identifies key concepts and illuminates the kinds of measurements that might be made and communicated.
An Evaluation of New Mexico's Online Intake System for Civil Legal Aid September 28, 2018
To better assess the effects online intake systems might have in practice, researchers conducted an evaluation of the online intake system for civil legal aid that New Mexico implemented in April 2016. The researchers used information collected from staff interviews, surveys administered to applicants, and administrative data collected from both the online intake system and the two largest legal aid providers in New Mexico.
Access to Medical Treatment for Injured Workers in California: Year 1 Annual Report September 27, 2018
This report describes access to medical care among injured workers in the state of California, as mandated by Labor Code Section 5307.2. The authors analyze administrative and medical service bill data to examine changes over time for measures related to access to care for injured workers.
Local Evaluation Report for Los Angeles County's Mentally Ill Offender Crime Reduction (MIOCR) Program September 7, 2018
In 2015, Los Angeles County was awarded a grant to improve outcomes for individuals suffering from mental health disorders who are returning to the community after incarceration. RAND researchers evaluated the program in terms of improvement in participants' mental health and substance use status, health care insurance status, benefit establishment, housing stability, and criminal justice involvement.
The Impact of Changing Wildfire Risks on California's Residential Insurance Market September 5, 2018
This study identifies the challenges faced by California residential insurance markets in areas with high wildfire risk. It also examines how climate change is expected to change wildfire risk and the potential implications for insurance markets.