Justice and Equity Research

How do we create a justice system that is fairer, more efficient, and more effective? Civil, criminal, and social justice policies affect populations at all levels, and student research is similarly wide-ranging. From work on the impacts of drug policies like marijuana legalization, to analysis of the ways that technology can impact policing and public safety — among many other topics — Pardee RAND students and faculty have a strong presence in the policy debate.

Student-Faculty Research Collaborations

Through project-based research and other experiential learning opportunities, 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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Related Dissertations

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