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Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice


  • January 15, 2017
    In a January 2016 article in the Harvard Law Review, President Obama reviewed efforts to promote criminal justice reform during his administration. He cited the establishment and work of the National Commission on Forensic Science as one of his signal achievements. John Hollway, Executive Director of the Quattrone Center, contributed to the work of the commission on its Human Factors Subcommittee.
  • September 30, 2016
    On Sept. 30, California Gov. Jerry Brown approved AB 1909, important new legislation that makes intentional, bad faith withholding of exculpatory evidence by prosecutors a felony. The Quattrone Center authored a letter of support for the legislation and assisted other groups in presenting the legislation to policymakers and fielding their questions about its likely effects.
  • September 28, 2016
    In its ruling in Kuren v. Luzerne County, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for the first time recognized prospective claims for ineffective assistance of counsel that arise due to systemic under-resourcing of public defender offices. David Rudovsky, a Quattrone Center affiliated faculty member, argued this case before the court in April.
  • April 25, 2016
    The White House Council of Economic Advisors released its report Economic Perspectives on Incarceration and the Criminal Justice System, which uses benefit/cost analysis to identify promising areas of criminal justice reform that can be furthered through Executive Branch and Congressional action. The report makes use of published research written by Emily Owens, a Quattrone Center Affiliated Faculty member, Paul Heaton, the Quattrone Center’s Academic Director, and Jon Klick, Professor at Penn Law.
  • December 21, 2015
    Work by Paul Heaton, Academic Director of the Quattrone Center, that calls into question the quality and fairness of the process for providing indigent defense in capital cases in Pennsylvania was cited by Gov. Tom Wolf in his decision to implement a moratorium on implementation of the death penalty in the state.  Gov. Wolf’s moratorium was upheld by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in a December opinion.
  • October 3, 2015
    California AB 1328, which empowers courts to remove prosecutors from cases where exculpatory evidence is intentionally withheld, and requires such omissions to be reported to the State Bar for potential disciplinary action, was signed into law.  The Quattrone Center advised several criminal justice groups who sponsored the legislation as it was being developed.
  • August 11, 2015
    The National Commission on Forensic Science recommended that the U.S. Attorney General direct forensic science medical and service providers to adopt root cause analysis as a means of reducing errors in the criminal justice application of forensic science.  The recommendations of the Commission were based on advisory input provided by John Hollway, Eexecutive Director of the Quattrone Center.
  • June 15, 2015
    The New York State Justice Task Force, a entity created by the Chief Judge of the State of New York to address the problem of wrongful convictions, issued recommendations for incorporating root cause analysis in the criminal justice system of New York.  The task force’s recommendations drew heavily upon work done on root cause analysis by John Hollway, Executive Director of the Quattrone Center. The recommendations can be found here.
  • April 20, 2015

    The Quattrone Center and Montgomery County (PA) District Attorney’s Office have been awarded a 2015 Innovations in Criminal Justice Award by the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA) in recognition of their collaborative use of root cause analysis (RCA) to better ensure the fair administration of justice and generally improve the criminal justice system. The Quattrone Center and District Attorney’s Office successfully employed RCA to analyze a Montgomery County criminal case in which an unintentional yet significant investigative error had occurred. The comprehensive review led to implementation of new best practices within the District Attorney’s Office specifically designed to enhance investigative accuracy and prosecutorial integrity.