RAND Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment (JIE)

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JIE tackles some of the most critical issues facing today’s policymakers: building robust and resilient environments, strengthening a fair and effective justice system, and the impact of innovation in science and technology. About us »

Informing the Agenda

JIE works with the public and private sector, across multiple disciplines to find solutions to complex policy problems.

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This wide range of expertise gives us the tools and perspective to make connections across disciplines, to synthesize and solve the most challenging policy questions today.


We focus on critical issues in regionalism, such as the creation of innovation districts, development of regional infrastructure plans, implementation of regional energy plans, and the role of appellate courts.


Our work considers the tradeoffs of regulation and deregulation across a range of industries and sectors, such as choices in the regulation of new technologies or energy markets.


We explore issues in governance, such as in the local implementation of resilience and sustainability plans, stewardship of big data, and use of police review boards and other accountability mechanisms to strengthen police-community trust.

Civil Society Reform

We are invested in the role of civil society, including the use of citizen-guided technologies to support public safety or to apply citizen science to local problem-solving; expectations for the for-profit and nonprofit sectors in disaster response and recovery; and the leadership of the private sector in technology development.

Making a Difference

We are committed to not just being a leader in justice, infrastructure, and environment research, but in ensuring that our work has a positive impact on the world.

  • Solution

    Creating Policies to Get Los Angeles Moving

    The Los Angeles area has the most severe traffic congestion in the United States, and trends suggest that it will continue to worsen in the coming years. RAND transport experts proposed efficient and equitable policy strategies for mitigating congestion.

  • Solution

    Improving Workers' Compensation Policies for Workers, Businesses, Government

    Many state workers' compensation systems face significant challenges as medical and administrative costs have risen. California sought RAND advice in improving its system to save both public and private funds, while also improving the quality of care for injured workers.

JIE in the News

  • Why 27% of U.S. Firms Have No Plans to Buy Cyber Insurance May 31, 2017 (Insurance Journal)
  • Early Warning System To Spot Racial Profiling In Cincinnati Police Should Be Back By January May 31, 2017 (WCPO Cincinnati)
  • Smarter cars paving the way for robot vehicles May 26, 2017 (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • Pittsburgh Sewer Overflows Greater Than Previously Thought April 26, 2017 (WESA)
  • 24/7 sobriety program is a winner for Iowa April 19, 2017 (Sioux City Journal)
  • Educating Prisoners Pays Off April 18, 2017 (The Seattle Times)
  • Identifying At-Risk Officers: Can It Be Done in Corrections? March 13, 2017 (Corrections.com)
  • State DMV Backs Allowing Self-driving Cars With no Human on Board March 10, 2017 (SFGate)
  • Security Flaws 'Undiscovered For Years' March 09, 2017 (BBC News)
  • Introducing ONEPGH, the City's First Comprehensive Resilience Strategy March 08, 2017 (Next Pittsburgh)
  • Is Hawaii Ready For Driverless Cars? March 02, 2017 (Honolulu Civil Beat)
  • Cleaner Energy For All February 20, 2017 (Bangkok Post Online)
  • Ford's Dozing Engineers Side With Google in Full Autonomy Push February 17, 2017 (Bloomberg Technology)
  • The Simple Question About Self-Driving Cars We Still Can't Answer February 16, 2017 (The Washington Post)
  • BJA: How A 'Small, But Mighty Bureau' Promotes Smart Justice January 24, 2017 (The Crime Report)
  • Beijing's Smog: a Tale of two Cities January 16, 2017 (CNN Online)
  • Technology and Engineering Under President Trump January 12, 2017 (Engineering360)
  • Save Coastal Louisiana, and you Protect the Rest of the Nation January 12, 2017 (The Times-Picayune)
  • The Tesla Self-Driving Advantage January 10, 2017 (Inside EVs)
  • Driverless Cars May Help Underserved but Leave Others Jobless November 16, 2016 (Bloomberg BNA)
  • Why Unions Should be Concerned about Driverless Cars September 21, 2016 (Inside Sources)
  • Cyber Attacks Not as Expensive as Thought, RAND Study Finds September 20, 2016 (International Business Times)
  • How Will Driverless Technology Change Our Lives? July 10, 2016 (Voice of America)
  • 12,000 Inmates to Receive Pell Grants to Take College Classes June 24, 2016(Washington Post)
  • College Classes Get a Boost at New York State Prisons June 14, 2016(Wall Street Journal)
  • Hands Off: Are driverless cars safe? June 06, 2016(NBC News)
  • Huge Data Breach Losses Aren't Forcing Companies to Bolster Security May 30, 2016(eWeek)
  • TSA's Issues Go Beyond Long Lines: Probes Find Waste, Lapses in Security May 24, 2016(NorthJersey.com)
  • Algorithm to Predict Chicago Shootings Used by Police to Curb Violence May 24, 2016(NewsMax)
  • Why Higher Ed Makes Sense For Those With Criminal Records May 9, 2016(Huffington Post)
  • We May Never Know How Safe Driverless Cars Are Until The Public Are Let Loose With Them April 13, 2016(Factor Tech)
  • Will Self-Driving Cars Ever Be Safe to Hit the Roads? April 13, 2016(Daily Mail)
  • Voters Are Doing What Politicians Won't on Marijuana Reform Mar 9, 2016(The Washington Post)
  • Will Marijuana Legalization Push Out The Pushers? Feb 16, 2016(The Globe and Mail)
  • This Inexpensive Anti-Drunk Driving Program Could Save 100,000 Lives a Year Feb 9, 2016(Vox)
  • How 'Mandatory Abstinence' Can Cut Crime and Save Lives Feb 9, 2016(The Washington Post, Wonkblog)
  • Why You Should Buy a Driverless Car in 1 Chart Feb 5, 2016(The Washington Post)
  • One Way to Fight the Opiod Epidemic? Medical Marijuana Jan 20, 2016(Vox)
  • Should Prisoners Get A Free College Degree? Why Opinions are Shifting Jan 12, 2016(Christian Science Monitor)
  • State A.G. Backs Drug-Abuse Program Jan 11, 2016(Dominion Post)
  • Campaign to Restore College Coursework Behind Bars Gets Big Boost In New York Jan 10, 2016(ThinkProgress)
  • The Importance Of Measuring Community Well-Being - interview with Anita Chandra (audio) January 4, 2016(WNPR)
  • After Two Years, Debate Remains Over Marijuana Legalization's Impact December 27, 2015(The Denver Post)
  • Private Car Ownership Is On The Road to Becoming a Rarity December 22, 2015(MSN Money)
  • Study Calculates The Cost of Not Stopping Land Loss December 17, 2015(AP)
  • Senate on Connections Between Oil and Terrorism - Keith Crane testimony (video) December 10, 2015(MSNBC)
  • How to Get a Job When You Have a Criminal Record November 25, 2015(Minnesota Public Radio)
  • Time to Prepare For the Unthinkable November 16, 2015(U.S. News and World Report)
  • What the Russian Jet Plane Explosion Means for The Future of Travel (audio) November 9, 2015(KPCC)
  • US Trial Sees Drink-Driving Offenders Who Can't Pass Twice-Daily Breathalyser Test Jailed November 8, 2015(ABC News, Australia)
  • Driverless Cars Will Change The Way We Think of Car Wwnership November 6, 2015(International Business Times)
  • How We Can Overcome The Risks of AI October 22, 2015(TIME)
  • Prison Education is a Smart Investment, Reduces Crime October 9, 2015(The Seattle Times)
  • Why Aren't There More Higher Ed Programs Behind Bars? September 7, 2015(NPR)
  • A Simple Fix for Drunken Driving August 14, 2015(The Wall Street Journal)
  • Think Tank Awards 2015 Winners: RAND Wins in US Energy and the Environment Category July 1, 2015(Prospect Magazine)
  • Baltimore's Broken Roadways July 1, 2015(Baltimore Sun Online)
  • NUCLEAR: From Opposite Directions, France and Germany Converge on Climate Change June 30, 2015(ClimateWire)
  • The Cellphone Ban: Fines for Endangering No One June 30, 2015(New Hampshire Union Leader Online)

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