This paper presents the results of a systematic review of 84 studies that map social vulnerability to climate impacts in order to identify common approaches to mapping, evaluate their strengths and limitations, and offer recommendations and future directions for the field.
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The overdose crisis in North America continues to worsen, prompting many jurisdictions to consider opening supervised consumption sites (SCS) that allow individuals to consume street-sourced drugs under medical supervision.
Speculating on recent efforts to establish contact with intelligent extraterrestrials.
The relationship between business cycles and health is theoretically complex. In a seminal paper, Ruhm (2000) outlined a series of economic mechanisms through which business cycles may influence health.
Fires, Smoke Exposure, and Public Health: An Integrative Framework to Maximize Health Benefits from Peatland Restoration 2019
In this study, we present a novel approach that integrates information on the drivers of fire emissions in Indonesia, the transport of smoke to downwind regional population centers, and the resulting population exposure to air pollution.
This report provides detailed information about state-legal cannabis production and sales in Washington, as well as insights about the total amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) obtained from legal and illegal sources by Washington residents. In the third year after implementing a regulatory system for cannabis, between 40 percent and 60 percent of THC obtained by state residents was likely purchased in Washington's state-licensed stores.
Countering Threats to Correctional Institution Security: Identifying Innovation Needs to Address Current and Emerging Concerns 2019
This report presents challenges and needs associated with threats to correctional institution safety and security, including violence, contraband, and compromised staff members. In light of the ongoing challenges the corrections sector faces in countering these threats, RAND researchers convened an expert workshop to better understand the challenges and identify the high-priority needs associated with threats to institutional security.
Testimony presented before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on July 31, 2019.
Los Angeles County Office of Diversion and Reentry's Supportive Housing Program: A Study of Participants' Housing Stability and New Felony Convictions 2019
Los Angeles County is home to the largest jail system in the world and has one of the most acute homelessness problems in the United States. This report presents early interim findings about an initiative that provides housing coupled with case management: Six-month and 12-month housing stability rates were 91 percent and 74 percent, respectively, and of the cohort placed in housing more than a year ago, 14 percent had new felony convictions.
Fostering Innovation to Respond to Top Challenges in Law Enforcement: Proceedings of the National Institute of Justice's 2018 Chiefs' Panel on Priority Law Enforcement Issues and Needs 2019
An expert panel of law enforcement leaders identified challenges facing law enforcement today; their priorities are presented in this report. Panel members reported feeling that the challenges were tractable but that addressing them will take concerted and collective effort across the criminal justice community, including stakeholders from local communities, social service providers, vendors, and researchers.