|$15 Million Gift Will Fund New Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at Penn Law
The University of Pennsylvania Law School has received a $15 million gift to establish the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice, a national research and policy hub created to catalyze long-term structural improvements to the US criminal justice system.
The Center will take an interdisciplinary, data-driven, scientific approach to identifying and analyzing the most crucial problems in the justice system, and proposing solutions that improve its fairness for the long-term benefit of society. It will conduct independent, unbiased research and programs, engaging all parties—academia, judiciary, law enforcement, defense attorneys, prosecutors, legislators, forensic and social scientists, media, and other participants – required to effect substantial change for the better.
The Center’s initial funding comes from The Frank and Denise Quattrone Foundation, whose trustees Frank Quattrone W’77 and his wife Denise Foderaro SAMP’78 are Penn graduates and Philadelphia natives.
The fundamental accuracy and fairness of the American criminal justice system was once taken for granted. In recent years, however, scientific advances such as those in DNA testing have challenged our idealism by revealing errors in findings of guilt and innocence, with significant consequences to individuals, families, and the system as a whole.