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Sentinel Event Review Resource Center

Officer-involved shootings. Deaths in custody. Wrongful convictions. Forensic errors. Uses of force during civil protests. Unsolved or “cold” cases. Each of these is an undesired and unintended outcome of our criminal justice system – an “error.” And while sometimes these “errors” happen due to deliberate actions, more often they happen because of existing systems, structures, and situations that combine to allow the errors despite the best efforts of our criminal justice professionals to avoid them.

Sentinel Event Reviews are a voluntary, confidential process that applies principles of root cause analysis to identify the contributing factors underlying a significant negative outcome in the justice system. The Quattrone Center has developed a proven approach to conducting Sentinel Event Reviews (SER) in criminal justice – beginning with a template that combines quality principles from healthcare and transportation with elements of procedural and restorative justice, and then customizes the template for each situation and jurisdiction.

Visit the Sentinel Event Review website


Conviction Review/Integrity Units Resource Center 

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

Grants for Penn Faculty 

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.

Applying for Funding

Fellowship Application 

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:

  1. Have earned a law degree; or
  2. 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.

To Apply:

Complete the Fellowship application online here:

Quattrone Center Fellowship Online Application

  1. Cover letter
  2. CV
  3. Undergraduate and law school and/or graduate school transcript(s) *
  4. Writing sample(s)
  5. 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

** Applicants can request confidential references directly through the Interfolio application system.