Internship gives law students exposure to criminal justice empirical research

The Quattrone Center’s inaugural summer internship program allowed students respond to calls for community reform, accountability, and justice.

Since its inception, the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice has strived to use interdisciplinary, data-driven research to tackle some of the most pressing problems in the criminal justice system.

A person with arms raised wearing a backpack at night faces the headlights of a vehicle on a city street.

After Minneapolis police killed George Floyd in May, sparking nationwide demands for police accountability and justice, project requests began to pour into the Quattrone Center. Associate Dean and Executive Director John Hollway understands the increase in requests to be a testament to both the trust people had in the Center’s capabilities and the widespread desire for positive change.

“A lot of jurisdictions turned to us and said, ‘help us respond to our community’s calls to reform,’” Hollway says. “So the law students got really substantive opportunities.”

University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School interns worked on three Quattrone Center projects over the summer: a sentinel event review with the Tuscon Police Department; a comparison of the efficacy of public defender office models; and a data analysis of prosecutorial misconduct in Pennsylvania.

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