Bea Halbach-Singh

Bea is a senior research associate at the Vera Institute of Justice. She conducts research for the In Our Backyards initiative​ and contributes to reports and other publications that help shed light on the crisis of mass incarceration in the nation's smaller cities, towns, and rural areas. At Vera, Bea has led research on how much money communities spend on jails and has contributed to research on how poverty is criminalized in Tennessee and in other places. Bea also conducts research on the broader social and economic implications of investment in jails and conducts analyses of jail administrative and court data and local budgets to help communities evaluate the impacts of local incarceration.

Prior to joining Vera, Bea worked as an evaluation specialist with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, where she helped to conceptualize measurement strategies and evaluate the impact of the Foundation's grantmaking across a range of portfolios focused on improving health and education for children living in urban poverty. Bea received a BA in economics and Asian studies with a minor in Mandarin from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.