Penn gets $15M gift to examine US criminal justice

    The University of Pennsylvania has received a $15 million gift to examine how the U.S. criminal justice system can be improved.

    School officials in Philadelphia announced Tuesday that they are establishing the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice.

    Scholars at the research and policy center will identify and analyze problems with the justice system, and then propose solutions.

    Possible topics include reducing wrongful convictions, evaluating forensic practices and compensating victims of institutional misconduct.

    The center will be housed at the law school of the Ivy League university. It’s funded by a donation from the Frank and Denise Quattrone Foundation.

    Frank Quattrone heads an investment bank called the Qatalyst Group. His wife Denise Foderaro is a research assistant for the National Registry of Exonerations.

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