The consequences of an unequal and unjust criminal legal system are pervasive and destructive to every aspect of our society. In particular, the US has and continues to maintain a legacy of an unjust criminal legal system that disproportionately implicates people based on their race, class, gender, immigration status, sexual orientation, and location. With this in mind, Cook Center Scholars look to establish an initiative to advance research on the mechanisms that produce and maintain inequities within the criminal legal system and its broader consequences on society. Specifically, this group aims to facilitate a platform for scholars to develop new and ongoing studies across these domains while supporting their efforts to secure needed resources.