Jun 29, 2021
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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Statistical Analysis of Presidential Pardons July 6, 2021
This report is a study of pardon-petition evaluations performed by the Office of the Pardon Attorney, a unit in the Department of Justice.
This research brief addresses a new estimate of how many U.S. small businesses have owners with criminal history records.
What Corrections Officials Need to Know to Partner with Colleges to Implement College Programs in Prisons June 29, 2021
Recently, there has been a resurgence of interest at the federal and state levels in expanding higher education in prisons, particularly expansions that offer a path to degrees or industry-recognized credentials. This tool aims to provide guidance on key questions about in-prison college programs and help corrections officials in assessing such opportunities and partnering with colleges to implement an in-prison college program.
What Do Former Extremists and Their Families Say About Radicalization and Deradicalization in America? June 25, 2021
Violent extremism is an evolving, ongoing threat in the United States. This project describes personal accounts of white supremacists, Islamic extremists, and their family members about joining extremist groups and, in some cases, deradicalizing.
How the Criminal Justice System's COVID-19 Response has Provided Valuable Lessons for Broader Reform: Looking to the Future June 22, 2021
As the COVID-19 pandemic recedes, stakeholders have an opportunity to reimagine the justice system. This brief presents key lessons learned and recommendations from participants in workshops related to different aspects of the justice system.
The Globalization of Mass Civil Litigation: Lessons from the Volkswagen "Clean Diesel" Case June 22, 2021
The Volkswagen "clean diesel" emission fraud litigation is a prime example of global litigation, a new form of transnational mass litigation. This report uses the Volkswagen litigation to illustrate the features of global litigation and the problems that arise in the resolution of these types of claims across transnational jurisdictions.
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has provided funds to small businesses to ease the economic effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. However, the PPP did not initially disburse funds to companies owned by individuals with felony backgrounds. In this report, researchers estimate how many small businesses have owners with criminal history records and how many businesses were potentially affected by PPP restrictions.
Exiting Extremism: What Binds People to Extremist Groups and How Organizations Help Them Leave June 18, 2021
What leads people to join violent extremist groups? How and why do they exit these groups? This one-hour webinar explores the forces that pull individuals to extremist groups, the binds that keep them connected, and why leaving can be so difficult. Experts discuss lessons from personal accounts of former extremists, and representatives of community-based organizations discuss strategies and successes in helping those in extremist groups to leave.
Improving the Availability and Affordability of Pandemic Risk Insurance: Projected Performance of Proposed Programs June 15, 2021
Given the closures and other restrictions on business activity during the COVID-19 pandemic, stakeholders have developed proposals for an insurance-based program to provide businesses with resources to maintain payroll and benefits and cover ongoing operating expenses. This report describes the distinguishing features of the most-visible proposals and develops a quantitative model that projects their potential consequences.
COVID-19 and the Courts: Lessons from the Pandemic June 4, 2021
The U.S. civil justice system was forced to restructure almost overnight due to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. Panelists in this virtual conference discussed how the pandemic has affected civil juries and pretrial case management, addressed implications that the pandemic might have for federal and state civil rules, and discussed solutions that could be applied to the civil justice system after circumstances eventually return to "normal."