Alex Hannaford

Alex Hannaford
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.
  • Hohn Road, near the proposed site for the controversial fracking waste pits.

    Pit Stop

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

  • A shrimping boat docked in Aransas Pass.

    Life in the Dead Zone

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

  • Will Swearingen Be Allowed DNA Test Before Execution Date?

    Larry Swearingen's case has been taken on by the Innocence Project, a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people. And in a motion filed today, the group’s lawyers have asked District Judge Kelly Case to allow post-conviction DNA testing in order to prove Swearingen’s innocence. Full Story

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

    Letters from Death Row: Alone on the Inside

    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. Full Story

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

    Letters from Death Row: Books Behind Bars

    As part of an in-depth project for The Texas Observer, I wanted to find out what books inmates on death row read, and what this said—if anything—about their mental state or predicament. Full Story

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

    Pit Stop

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

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

    Hope After Violence

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

  • worthashotfeat

    Worth a Shot

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