Working with a team of colleagues at the PPRI at Texas A&M University, I research different facets of Texas’ criminal justice system, broadly, and legal representation, specifically. In one project, we’ve collected, cleaned, and are analyzing all indigent defense spending associated with public and non-public defender counsel for the period 2006 through 2016. This massive dataset constitutes the entire ecosystem of reported indigent defense spending in the state and will be leveraged in a first-of-its-kind analysis for the state legislature in order to explain the relationship between representational quality and cost. In a second project, we’ve previously and continue to partner with various counties to assess the success of new risk-assessment policies that aim to reduce the negative burdens that money-bail systems place on citizens.