Jun 15, 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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Exiting Extremism: What Binds People to Extremist Groups and How Organizations Help Them Leave June 16, 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."
Climate Control: International Legal Mechanisms for Managing the Geopolitical Risks of Geoengineering May 25, 2021
The prospect of using geoengineering to address the accelerating effects of climate change is becoming more likely, and many of the potential technologies have negative externalities on the global to regional scale. In this Perspective, the authors review the state of different geoengineering technologies, the geopolitical risks associated with geoengineering implementation, and international governance options.
Online Dispute Resolution: Perspectives to Support Successful Implementation and Outcomes in Court Proceedings May 14, 2021
Online dispute resolution (ODR) provides a forum for the resolution of court matters that was especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic. A panel of experts discussed issue relating to the design and implementation of ODR programs and platforms, strategies to improve access to justice, opportunities to engage potential ODR users, and need for the rigorous research and evaluation of ODR programs.
Toolkit for Weighting and Analysis of Nonequivalent Groups: A Tutorial on the TWANG Shiny Application for Time-Varying Treatments May 14, 2021
This tutorial demonstrates the use of the Toolkit for Weighting and Analysis of Nonequivalent Groups (TWANG) Shiny application for time-varying treatments to estimate the inverse probability of treatment weights (IPTW) for time-varying treatments when using observational data. The tutorial also shows how to calculate treatment effect estimates using those IPTW.
These conference proceedings from an event organized by the RAND Institute for Civil Justice summarize key points made during a discussion among stakeholders in the legal community about mental health and well-being, including how legal professionals and educators can improve those factors in their environments for students and for professionals in the field.
Promising Practices from the Court System's COVID-19 Response: Ensuring Access to Justice While Protecting Public Health April 30, 2021
This brief highlights the challenges that the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic posed for the court system, how courts adapted to those challenges, and a discussion of which adaptations might hold promise after the pandemic.
Promising Practices from Community Corrections Organizations' COVID-19 Response: Ensuring Safety in the Community April 30, 2021
This brief highlights the challenges that the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic posed for community supervision organizations, how they adapted to those challenges, and a discussion of which adaptations might hold promise after the pandemic.
Promising Practices from the Institutional Corrections System's COVID-19 Response: Managing Safety and Security on the Inside April 30, 2021
This brief highlights the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic created, shows how corrections agencies adapted to the challenges, describes which adaptations may hold promise, and provides evaluations to demonstrate the efficacy of such adaptations.