Justice & Drug Policy Research

Justice and drug policy is a broad and longstanding area of research within RAND. Students with an interest or background in civil and criminal justice find opportunities to contribute to work in this area in a variety of roles. Student work in justice policy has ranged from work on the impacts of marijuana legalization, to analysis of the ways that emerging technologies may impact policing and public safety — among many other topics.

Student-Faculty Research Collaborations

Through project-based research, students work with faculty mentors to obtain professional skills and tacit knowledge that courses alone cannot convey. Here are a few recent projects and their resulting research.

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Envisioning Future Law Enforcement Technology

Mikhail Zaydman (cohort '12) worked with professors Richard Silberglitt, John S. Hollywood, and Brian A. Jackson on the Law Enforcement Futuring Workshop, which identified ten possible future scenarios and 30 high-priority technology needs for law enforcement in the period 2024-2034, based on considerations of current and future trends in society, technology, and law enforcement.

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A vendor displays products at the High Times U.S. Cannabis Cup in Seattle, Washington September 8, 2013. The Cup features exhibitions as well as a marijuana growing competition.

A Baseline View of Cannabis Use in Legalizing States and Their Neighbours

Student Ervant Maksabedian (cohort '12) worked with professors Rosalie Pacula and Mireille Jacobson to describe patterns of cannabis use, the degree of overlap between medicinal and recreational users, and their differential use patterns, modes of consumption and sources of cannabis in states where marijuana has been legalized.

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Faculty Mentors

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