This report, part of RAND's Gun Policy in America project, presents a collection of essays that synthesize the available scientific data on several gun policy topics. In particular, the authors examine mass shootings, firearm and ammunition taxes, the effects of the 1996 National Firearms Agreement in Australia, whether mental illness is a risk factor for gun violence, and law enforcement approaches to reduce community gun violence.
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Commentary on an article by Truong, Patil, and Rich, on the benefits and dangers of naloxone prescriptions.
Capsule Commentary for Azcarate Et Al., Medical Reasons for Marijuana Use, Forms of Use, and Patient Perception of Physician Attitudes Among the US Population 2021
Commentary on an article by Azcarate et al., assessing U.S. adults' motivations for and perceived physician attitudes towards medical cannabis use.
Wilkins & Rychert highlight challenges to achieving the Cannabis Legalization and Control Bill's objectives of reducing cannabis use and harms.
Impact on Nonfirearm Deaths of Firearm Laws Affecting Firearm Deaths: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis 2021
State gun policies that reduce firearm homicides are likely to reduce overall homicides in the state by approximately the same number. It is currently unknown whether the same holds for state gun policies that significantly reduce firearm suicides.
This paper is the first to examine cannabis market data from Washington alongside that from Oregon, two states that are similar in regard to legalizing retail sales of cannabis but differ in terms of their regulatory frameworks.
Making Schools Safer And/Or Escalating Disciplinary Response: A Study of Police Officers in North Carolina Schools 2021
In this study, we try to understand the causal role that school resource officers play in school safety and the day-to-day practice of school discipline by using incident-level administrative data from North Carolina public schools.
This study uses data from 14 qualitative interviews with senior leaders and nine focus groups with tenants and program staff to understand tenant experiences with permanent supportive housing programs, as they relate to care coordination.
The U.S. Criminal Justice System in the Pandemic Era and Beyond: Taking Stock of Efforts to Maintain Safety and Justice Through the COVID-19 Pandemic and Prepare for Future Challenges 2021
In spring 2020, the coronavirus disease 2019 swept through the United States, infecting millions and killing hundreds of thousands of Americans. The Priority Criminal Justice Needs Initiative convened workshops in fall 2020 to gather lessons learned from the responses of different justice agencies to the pandemic. Participants identified challenges caused by the pandemic, innovations in response, and lessons for future justice reform.
Decline in Trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention During the COVID-19 Pandemic 2021
Researchers present a subset of results from May and October 2020 surveys fielded through the RAND American Life Panel to assess changes in levels of trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Non-Hispanic white and Hispanic respondents reported significant declines in trust, while the changes were not statistically significant for non-Hispanic black or respondents of other races.