Alex Hannaford

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Alex Hannaford writes about the death penalty, crime, prisons, religion and human interest issues for the Telegraph, Times and Guardian in the UK, and to GQ, The Nation and the Texas Observer.

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Letters from Death Row: The Biology of Trauma

by Alex Hannaford | Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 13:35 CST
New studies show that trauma biologically alters the brains of young boys in ways that affect their adult behavior.
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Criminal Justice

Letters from Death Row: Faith Behind Bars

An informal Observer survey finds complex religious beliefs among death row inmates.

Solitary confinement forces many inmates to do a lot of soul-seeking, but despite the misconceptions, not all death row inmates turn to religion for solace. In fact, some lose their faith in a prison system that denies their humanity. Read More

Daniel Lopez, 23, waits in Polunsky Unit's visiting room for guards to escort him back to his cell on death row.
Criminal Justice

Letters from Death Row: Alone on the Inside

In an informal Observer survey, death row inmates describe a world of extreme isolation, where mental illness is both cause and symptom.

The Observer found that prisoners often choose a life of permanent isolation, refusing to leave their cages. It’s a catch-22: Mental illness can lead inmates to never leave their cells, never leaving their cells can exacerbate—or even cause—mental illness. Read More

Hohn Road, near the proposed site for the controversial fracking waste pits.
Environment

Pit Stop

Nordheim inherits the waste, and few of the profits, from the South Texas oil boom.

Tiny Nordheim, Texas, is reaping the costs of of the South Texas oil boom but little of its profits. Read More

Jenn Hassin, photographed at her studio at Big Medium in Austin.
Health care

Hope After Violence

Women veterans are twice as likely as men to experience PTSD. We just don’t talk about it.

Women are twice as likely as men to experience PTSD. We just don’t talk about it. Read More

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Health care

Worth a Shot

As vaccination rates drop, once-rare diseases like whooping cough and measles come roaring back.

As vaccination rates drop, once-rare diseases like whooping cough and measles come roaring back. Read More

A shrimping boat docked in Aransas Pass.
Environment

Life in the Dead Zone

An ailing Texas fishing industry contends with the threat of hypoxia in the Gulf.

An ailing Texas fishing industry contends with the threat of hypoxia in the Gulf. Read More

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