Luke Trinka

Research Fellow

Luke Trinka is a Research Fellow focusing on racial inequalities in the criminal legal system. Luke provides research and writing support for The Sentencing Project’s work tracing the causes of racial disparities in the criminal legal system and the harms of felony disenfranchisement. Prior to joining The Sentencing Project, Luke worked at the nexus of human rights and spirituality. As a Jesuit Volunteer, Luke advocated for migrant farmworking families in western Missouri. He went on to do holistic criminal defense representation as a paralegal with the Lawndale Christian Legal Center, then accompanied men serving extreme sentences as a chaplain with the Boston College Law School Innocence Program. Luke earned an undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College and a Master of Theological Studies from Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. His academic work culminated in a published title, “Cries from the Cross: Jesus and the Wrongfully Convicted.”