Bria is a PhD student, originally from Westchester, New York. She earned her B.A. in Criminal Justice and Sociology from La Salle University in 2015 and her M.A. in Criminal Justice at Temple in spring 2017. Bria has interned at the Westchester County Department of Corrections and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) in Center City, Philadelphia. She has also conducted research on the relationship between mental illness and recidivism amongst adult male offenders using the SVORI data set. These experiences, in tandem with various personal experiences, inspired her research interests in the intersection of race, gender, and crime.