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The University of Pennsylvania was awarded a $15 million donation from two alumni to investigate the effectiveness of the U. S. criminal justice system, officials announced Tuesday.

Penn will use the gift to create theQuattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice, named after prominent bankerFrank Quattrone and his wife, Denise Foderaro. Students will analyze discrepancies within the system and propose solutions.

Forensic practices, wrongful convictions and victim compensation are possible topics of investigation.


The new center, which will be housed at Penn's Law School, is funded bythe Frank and Denise Quattrone Foundation.

Frank Quattrone, who leads investment-bankQatalyst Group,graduated from the Wharton School in 1977. Denise Foderaro, a research assistant for theNational Registry of Exonerations, graduated from theSchool of Allied Medical Professions in 1978.

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