In late fall 2019, the University of Chicago Center for Digital Scholarship under director Stacie Williams partnered with Forest Gregg, founder of the Chicago-based intermediary DataMade and journalist Amanda Miley to propose a project. The project's premise was that DataMade had an incredibly rich, yet complex data collection created and aggregated by a variety of researchers, journalists, and other individuals who are employed in the criminal justice ecosystem (prosecutors, legal scholars, data scientists, etc.), and that DataMade was concerned about the challenges of making the data accessible due to its inherently problematic composition and collection methodology. Criminal justice data--the statistics comprising interactions between police and citizens--may be gathered through violence or threat of violence, and disproportionately documents the lives of Black and Brown people in a way that creates negative images and narratives of Black and Indigenous communities of color. That harm is further compounded when policymakers use those biased data points to create policy that further oppresses already marginalized individuals and communities.