Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice

Affiliated Faculty

John Hollway

Executive Director


John F. Hollway C’92 is Associate Dean and Executive Director of the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  His research focuses on the creation of feedback loops and self-perpetuating systems that allow criminal justice professionals to learn from unintended case outcomes.  He is the author of Conviction Review Units:  A National Perspective (2016) and A Systems Approach to Preventing Errors in Criminal Justice (2014).

John is a frequent consultant to criminal justice agencies on quality improvement and measurement issues.  He serves on the Human Factors Subcommittee of the National Commission of Forensic Science, the Philadelphia Police Community Oversight Board, the Philadelphia Special Committee on Criminal Justice Reform, and the Third Circuit Task Force on Eyewitness Identification, among other responsibilities.

In 2010, John published Killing Time: An 18-Year Odyssey from Death Row to Freedom, which covered the case of John Thompson, a Louisiana Death Row inmate who was exonerated and freed after 18 years in prison.  Thompson was the plaintiff in the pivotal Supreme Court decision, Connick v. ThompsonKilling Time won the National Independent Book Award for non-fiction in 2011, and was one of the Chicago Sun-Times’ Best Books of the Year in 2010.

Hollway graduated from Penn in 1992 with a BA in Diplomatic History and a minor in East Asian Studies, and received his JD with honors from the George Washington University Law School.

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