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About the Center

About Us

The Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School is a nonpartisan, national research and policy hub producing and disseminating research designed to prevent errors in the criminal justice system. The Center takes an interdisciplinary, data-driven, “systems approach” to identifying and analyzing the most crucial problems in the justice system, and proposing solutions that improve its fairness for the benefit of society.

Mission

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. Further examination by scholars and attorneys across the nation has led to the recognition that a wider variety and higher occurrence of errors exist, eroding the public’s faith that justice is universally achieved.

The Quattrone Center is of first-of-its-kind organization focused explicitly on inter-disciplinary, data-driven policy level research and recommendations designed to address the system factors that lead to criminal justice error. Rather than focusing primarily on individual cases or on remedying past errors, the Center works to identify institutional and policy-level barriers to fairness and accuracy and then to implement solutions that prevent future mistakes. The Center focuses primarily on two types of error: (1) wrongful arrests, incarcerations or convictions; and (2) policies or procedures that result in disparate outcomes among similarly-situated individuals. We analyze these situations using a broad range of techniques with proven success in reducing errors in such diverse industries as healthcare, aviation, and manufacturing, among others. Housed at the Law School, the Center draws on Penn’s unrivaled interdisciplinary strengths, involving scholars from disciplines across the Penn campus, including Business, Communications, Criminology, Engineering, Medicine and Public Health, and Social Sciences.

The Center hosts conferences, symposia, workshops, roundtables and other scholarly activities to generate knowledge and debate and policy ideas addressing major issues confronting the justice system. Students involved in the Center’s research and programming gain the expertise needed to become the next generation of criminal justice policymakers and professionals. Event participants include not only academic scholars and think-tank researchers, but also real-world practitioners including lawyers, law enforcement officials, judges, legislators, scientists, and the media.

The Center’s areas of investigation include assessing the frequency, causes of, and ways to reduce/eliminate wrongful convictions; measuring and improving justice system quality; critically evaluating the science underlying current forensic practices and developing new breakthroughs; improving incentives and accountability for prosecutors (e.g., absolute vs. qualified immunity); identifying best practices in indigent defense that can reduce error; redress for victims of institutional misconduct; and delineating the roles of politics, economics, and the media in shaping justice system fairness. By integrating world-class scholarship from across the University with the perspectives of nationally prominent practitioners, the Center’s analysis and recommendations serve to shape public deliberations and improve the fairness and accuracy of our legal system.

The Quattrone Center is led by an Academic Director–a recognized leader in the field of criminal justice policy with an interdisciplinary background–and an Executive Director with significant experience in the criminal justice sector and a record of outstanding organizational leadership. They are supported by an Advisory Board comprised of justice system leaders from diverse professional backgrounds, as well as dedicated and informed individuals concerned with ensuring the quality of the system.

Impacts

People

Center Leadership

Marissa Bluestine

Marissa Boyers Bluestine

Assistant Director
 
Paul Heaton

Paul Heaton

Senior Fellow and Academic Director, Quattrone Center
 
John Hollway

John F. Hollway

Executive Director & Lecturer in Law
 
Ross Miller

Ross Miller

Assistant Director

 

Center Research Fellows

Asli Bashir

Asli Bashir

Quattrone Center Research Fellow
 
Charles Hintz

Charles Eric Hintz

Quattrone Center Research Fellow
 
Seema Saifee

Seema Saifee

Quattrone Center Research Fellow
 

Affiliated Faculty

David Abrams

David S. Abrams

Professor of Law, Business Economics, and Public Policy
 
Regina Austin

Regina Austin

William A. Schnader Professor of Law, Emeritus
 
Asli Bashir

Asli Bashir

Quattrone Center Research Fellow
 
Kathleen M. Brown

Kathleen M. Brown

Practice Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania

 
Cary Coglianese

Cary Coglianese

Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science; Director, Penn Program on Regulation
 
Maria Cuellar

Maria Cuellar

 
Lee Fleisher

Lee Fleisher

 
Eric Hintz

Eric Hintz

 
Jonathan Klick

Jonathan Klick

Professor of Law
 
Dean Knox

Dean C. Knox

 
Charles Loeffler

Charles Loeffler

 
John MacDonald

John MacDonald

 
Steven E. Raper

Steven E. Raper

Vice-Chair, Quality & Risk Management; Assoc Prof of Surgery, Perelman School

 
Greg Ridgeway

Greg Ridgeway

Assoc Professor of Criminology and Statistics, Director of M.S. Program in Criminology

 
Dorothy Roberts

Dorothy E. Roberts

George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights
 
David Rudovsky

David Rudovsky

Senior Fellow
 
Seema Saifee

Seema Saifee

Quattrone Center Research Fellow
 
Dr. Dominic A. Sisti

Dr. Dominic A. Sisti

 

Associated Researchers and Alumni

Bocar Ba

UC Irvine School of Social Sciences

Amanda Bergold

Marist College

Matt Clair

Stanford University

George Cronin

Ph.D. Criminologist; Pennsylvania State Police (retired)

Cheyney Dobson

2019 Research Fellow

Rachel Greenspan

University of Mississippi

Erin Kerrison

University of California-Berkeley School of Social Welfare

Sandra Mayson

University of Georgia School of Law

Brian M. Murray

Seton Hall University School of Law

Emily Owens

University of California-Irvine School of Social Ecology

Megan Stevenson

University of Virginia School of Law (Initial placement: George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School)

Advisory Board

Michael R. Bromwich

Michael R. Bromwich

 
Paul Clement

Paul Clement

Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

 
Commissioner Rodney Ellis

Commissioner Rodney Ellis

 
Denise Foderaro

Denise Foderaro

Justice Advocate and Philanthropist

 
Kimberly M. Foxx

Kimberly M. Foxx

 
Eugene Gilyard

Eugene Gilyard

 
Michael Holston

Michael Holston

 
John Legend

John Legend

 
Mark H. Moore

Mark H. Moore

Hauser Professor of Nonprofit Organizations; John F. Kennedy School of Government

 
Mark F. Pomerantz

Mark F. Pomerantz

Of Counsel, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP  

 
Frank Quattrone

Frank Quattrone

Founder and Executive Chairman, Qatalyst Partners

 
Thomas Rotko

Thomas Rotko

Partner

 

Theodore Ruger

Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law
 
Julie Seaman

Julie Seaman

 
Ty Stiklorius

Ty Stiklorius

 
Brendan V. Sullivan, Jr.

Brendan V. Sullivan, Jr.

 
Stuart Taylor, Jr.

Stuart Taylor, Jr.