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Mia Bird
Research Fellow
(415) 291-4471
Corrections, social safety net programs
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Mia Bird is a research fellow in the areas of corrections and health and human services at the Public Policy Institute of California. She also serves on the faculty of the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. At PPIC, she co-leads a collaborative project between the California Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC), PPIC, and several partner counties, known as the BSCC–PPIC Multi-County Study. This data collection and evaluation effort is designed to estimate the effects of realignment on recidivism outcomes and identify best practices for recidivism reduction at the local level. She also leads a project focused on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on enrollment and recidivism outcomes for the criminal justice population. Her past work has covered topics such as the allocation of realignment funding, healthcare for the correctional population, and the use of data to improve policymaking. She holds a PhD in public policy, an MA in demography, and an MPP from the University of California, Berkeley.
Other Selected Publications

"Realignment and Recidivism,” with Ryken Grattet. 2016. American Annuals of Political and Social Science, 664(1):176-195.

"The Effect of County Policies on Recidivism Outcomes,” with Ryken Grattet. 2015. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 1-22.

"Urban Crime in the United States,” with Steven Raphael. 2005. In Richard Arnott and Dan McMillen (eds.) A Companion to Urban Economics, Blackwell Publishing.*

*Note name change from Melissa Sills