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Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice 2019 Spring Symposium

May 07, 2019

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?”

On Wednesday, May 8 and Thursday, May 9, 2019, the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice hosted its spring symposium, 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 below to hear national thought leaders in criminal justice reform discuss the First Step Act and next steps in improving forensic science, prosecutors’ offices, bail policy, and law enforcement regulation.



May 8, 2019

  • Welcome and Overview
    John Hollway
  • Keynote: Removing Barriers to Opportunity & Expanding Freedom For All
    Mark Holden, Sr. Vice President Koch Industries, Inc.
  • Profiles of Innovation: Prisoners of Politics: Breaking the Cycle of Mass Incarceration
    Rachel Barkow, Vice Dean and Segal Family Professor of Regulatory Law and Policy
    New York University School of Law
  • Session 1: Next Steps in Eyewitness Identification
    • Jules Epstein, Professor of Law and Director of Advocacy Programs
      Temple University Beasley School of Law
    • Margaret Kovera, Presidential Scholar and Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
    • The Honorable Theodore McKee, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
    • Rachel Greenspan, Quattrone Center Research Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Profiles of Innovation: The First Step Act: Consensus and Conflict in the Penal Field under Trump
    Michelle Phelps, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Law, University of Minnesota
  • Session 2: The Potential and Risks of Police Misconduct Databases
    • Julie Ciccolini, Research and Data Analyst, The Legal Aid Society
    • Charles Ramsey, former Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department
    • Barry Scheck, Co-Founder and Special Counsel, Innocence Project
    • John Hollway, Associate Dean and Executive Director, Quattrone Center, University of Pennsylvania Law School

May 9, 2019

  • Session 3: Innovative Approaches to Pretrial Support/Court Appearance
    • Keir Bradford-Grey, Chief Defender, Defender Association of Philadelphia
    • James Cadogan, Vice President of Criminal Justice, Arnold Ventures
    • Hannah Sassaman, Policy Director, Media Mobilizing Project
    • Paul Heaton, Senior Fellow and Academic Director, Quattrone Center, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Session 4: Faster Forensics: The Promise and Risks of Rapid DNA Technology
    • Dr. Greg Hampikian, Professor of Biology and Criminal Justice; Director of the Idaho Innocence Project, Boise State University and Idaho Innocence Project
    • Frederick Harran, Director of Public Safety, Bensalem Township Police Department (Bucks County, PA)
    • Dr. Peter Stout, CEO/President, Houston Forensic Science Center
    • Ross Miller, Quattrone Center Research Manager, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Session 5: How to Elect a Progressive Prosecutor: The Case of Wesley Bell in Ferguson
    • Bill Cobb
    • Reverend Darryl Gray
    • Wesley Lowery, Washington Post
    • Josi Nielsen, Communications Director, Office of the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney (MO)
    • Matt Clair, Quattrone Center Research Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • The Future of Official Immunity
    • David Rudovsky, Senior Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Law School
    • Clark Neily, Vice President for Criminal Justice, The Cato Institute
    • Katie Chamblee-Ryan, Attorney and Coordinator of the Prosecutor Project
      Civil Rights Corps
    • Asli Bashir, Quattrone Center Research Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Law School