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.

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Criminal Justice

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. 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

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

Eric Hay
Culture

The Out Scout

A Scout’s sexuality—and that of scouting’s leaders—is irrelevant, says Eagle Scout Eric Hay. Read More

Branch Davidian compound on fire.
Criminal Justice

The Standoff in Waco

Twenty years on, the 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound and the tragedy that followed still haunts those who were there.

Two survivors and an FBI agent recount the 51-day siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco. Read More

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