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2015 Spring Symposium

Quattrone Center 2015 Spring Symposium
Defining Quality in Criminal Justice

Wednesday May 13, 2015, 9 am - 5 pm

Fitts Auditorium, Penn Carey Law, 3501 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA  19104

Join the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School to participate in a day of thoughtful discussion among prominent criminal justice practitioners, researchers and academics as we seek to define what a “high quality” system of criminal justice looks like, and how that definition can show a path to reform.

We expect our criminal justice professionals to do more than simply process cases.  We see our prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges as seekers of truth, ministers of justice, and providers of customized social solutions that will help each participant in the justice system – victims, perpetrators, and the community at large – benefit from personalized remedies that will address their needs as we provide justice for all.

While our expectations are clear, we lack a shared understanding of whether or how such a goal can be achieved. Are our criminal justice professionals are providing high quality services to our communities?  How do we know?  What measures or observations would we use in answer to the question “is my [judge/court/public defender/prosecutor] high-quality?” How could we – or should we – compare the administration of justice in jurisdiction x vs. jurisdiction y? 
Using a unique discussion group format, we will share definitions of quality from the collective minds of some of our nation’s most prominent criminal justice thought leaders, and engage the audience in in-depth discussions of what quality really means in criminal justice, and how we can know it when we see it.