Nov 2, 2020
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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Toolkit for Weighting and Analysis of Nonequivalent Groups: A Tutorial on the TWANG Shiny Application for Three or More Treatment Groups November 24, 2020
This tutorial describes how to use a menu-driven Shiny application (app) based on the Toolkit for Weighting and Analysis of Nonequivalent Groups (TWANG) R package. This tutorial provides an introduction about how to use the TWANG Shiny app to estimate propensity score weights and related treatment effects for comparing three or more treatment groups when using observational data.
How to Take a Systems Approach to Effect Change in Policing: A Recent Presentation to the LA Police Commission Addressed How to Evolve the Police Academies of Today to Deliver the Officers of Tomorrow November 17, 2020
This presentation advocates a systems approach to change, and significant changes to LAPD's recruit academy to enhance critical applied skills.
Wearable Sensor Technology and Potential Uses Within Law Enforcement: Identifying High-Priority Needs to Improve Officer Safety, Health, and Wellness Using Wearable Sensor Technology November 2, 2020
Data from wearable sensor technologies (WSTs) could be used to assess and improve police officer health and well-being, but these technologies are not yet sufficiently developed for law enforcement purposes. A panel of experts identified ways for law enforcement to participate in the development of WSTs, determine what WSTs are suitable, implement them in law enforcement settings, evaluate their performance, and obtain buy-in from officers.
Police Officers, Stigma, and the Opioid Epidemic October 28, 2020
The goal of this exploratory project is to help fill gaps in the literature by empirically measuring levels of explicit provider-based stigma toward persons who use opioids.
Sentencing Scorecards: Reducing Racial Disparities in Prison Sentences at Their Source October 21, 2020
Scorecards are a common tool for public policy decisionmaking, but none highlight racial disparities in incarceration. We constructed county-level scorecards for racial disparities in incarceration rates for the NY State Permanent Commission on Sentencing.
The Complex Cancer Care Coverage Environment: What Is the Role of Legislation? A Case Study from Massachusetts October 13, 2020
We identified five current cancer coverage state laws and interviewed experts on their perceptions of the relevance of the laws and how well they meet the current needs of cancer care given rapid changes in therapies.
Our study highlights that the crime-punishment wave in the 1980s and 1990s created cohort differences in incarceration over the life course that changed the level of incarceration even decades after the wave.
A Policy Review of Employers' Open Access to Conviction Records September 30, 2020
In this review, we find that (a) US employers' use of conviction information is not clearly aligned with the risk of future criminal behavior or employer costs, and (b) using such information leads to hiring errors that pose costs to society.
COVID-19 Vaccinations: Liability and Compensation Considerations Critical for a Successful Campaign September 21, 2020
The authors examine liability and compensation issues relating to the future distribution and administration of a COVID-19 vaccine. They provide a brief history of how liability and compensation concerns have been addressed in previous public health threats, discuss how the global pandemic might complicate matters of legal immunity, and suggest consideration of appropriate compensation for adverse effects to encourage vaccinations.
This paper stems from recent research into understanding the past, present and possible futures of synthetic opioids in North America and beyond.