The Quattrone Center works with conviction review units around the country to help them improve their programs and solve problems. This Resource Center aggregates and organizes resources, best practices, and materials that CIUs and CRUs across the country have found valuable. They build upon the Center’s 2016 report, Conviction Review Units: A National Perspective. We hope they provide support and guidance to newly formed and existing prosecutor units working on innocence investigations and litigation.
This website has been created through work funded by the Bureau of Justice Administration’s Upholding the Rule of Law grant (grant 2018-FA-BX-K003). The Quattrone Center serves as a National Technical and Training Assistance provider to grantees under that program.
Conviction Review/Integrity Units Resource Center website
The Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the Law School is a non-partisan, 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 understanding the most crucial problems in the justice system. We are currently accepting proposals to fund original research projects designed to generate new knowledge that can improve the U.S. criminal justice system.
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Quattrone Center Research Fellowship 2022-2023
The application deadline is December 31, 2021
The Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School is accepting applications for research fellowships for the academic year 2022-2023.
About the Quattrone Center:
The Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice is a research and policy hub housed at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. The interdisciplinary Center brings together faculty from across the University of Pennsylvania and the nation, collaborating with criminal justice practitioners in an interdisciplinary approach to reduce errors in the administration of justice. The Quattrone Center has rapidly established itself as a thought leader on issues pertaining to the reduction of errors in criminal justice, and is the chief proponent for blending law and scientific research (both social science and new technology) in a “systems approach” to improving the criminal justice system. The Center applies techniques from healthcare, aviation, and other industries focused on safety, quality control, reliability, etc. in ways that unify participants in the criminal justice system to implement, evaluate, and expand best practices in the administration of justice.
About the Fellowship:
Designed for scholars interested in pursuing academic careers in areas related to the Quattrone Center’s work, fellows enjoy faculty access to the Law School’s services and full participation in all Quattrone Center events. This is a full-time commitment and fellows are expected to be in residence at the Law School for the duration of the fellowship. Fellows receive a full year of funding and are eligible for renewal for an additional year. Fellows are expected to produce at least one original academic work during each year of funding. In addition to conducting their individual research and writing projects, each fellow’s responsibilities will also include providing support for the Quattrone Center’s existing and new programs, including the development of reports and proposals.
To be eligible, prospective fellows must meet one of the following criteria:
- Have earned a law degree; or
- Have completed, or are in the terminal stage of a PhD or equivalent academic program, and have not yet held a full-time tenure track academic appointment
The fellowship is open to individuals with a background in law as well as those with a background in social science (e.g. sociology, psychology, economics, criminology, etc.) or medicine, with a proven familiarity with criminal justice research.
Complete the Fellowship application online here:
- Cover letter
- Undergraduate and law school and/or graduate school transcript(s) *
- Writing sample(s)
- Two references, minimum (at least one must be an academic reference) **
* If official transcripts will be submitted confidentially, your provider may email them directly to email@example.com.
** Applicants can request confidential references directly through the Interfolio application system.
The CADCOM Participatory Defense Hub of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania engages the community in supporting defendants, their families, and their friends as they navigate the criminal justice system. In addition to providing information about the process, participants promote better outcomes for each defendant by making certain that the whole person is brought before the judge through their presence in the courtroom and the preparation of social biography packets.
Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice 2019 Spring Symposium After the First Step Act
The Quattrone Center is pleased to bring together national thought-leaders in criminal justice reform to discuss “After the First Step Act: What’s Next in Criminal Justice Reform?” Criminal justice reform has been one of the few areas of agreement among both political parties, and the First Step Act stands as one of the few bipartisan legislative achievements of the current federal administration. At the same time, much remains to be done to transform the criminal justice system, both federally and locally. Watch and listen to a group of innovative criminal justice reformers discuss next steps in improving forensic science, prosecutors’ offices, bail policy, law enforcement regulation, and more as we evaluate how future reforms might build upon the momentum of the First Step Act.
In this video from the 13th Annual H.F. Guggenheim Symposium convened by the Center for Media, Crime, at John Jay College, Quattrone Center Academic Director Paul Heaton moderates a panel with Eric Gonzalez (Brooklyn District Attorney), Marilyn Mosby (Baltimore State’s Attorney), and Kim Ogg (Harris County District Attorney) discussing the prosecutor’s role in detecting and preventing errors.
In this episode of Penn Law’s Case in Point, Quattrone Center Executive Director John Hollway and Jason Flom, CEO of Lava Records and leader in the innocence movement, discuss the problem of wrongful convictions.