The Fair Punishment Project is proud to announce the hiring of Larry Hannan as a Senior Research Fellow.
Hannan has spent the last eight years as an award winning reporter at the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville covering criminal justice issues.
“Larry has seen how the criminal justice system works at the local level,” said Ron Sullivan, a Harvard Law School professor and co-founder of the Fair Punishment Project. “He will be a tremendous asset to us as we continue to fight for a more humane and accountable justice system.”
“I have relied on Larry’s brilliant and relentless coverage of Florida’s criminal justice system for years,” said Rob Smith, director of the Fair Punishment Project. “As we expand our coverage of how elected officials use their vast discretion in the criminal justice system, Larry’s experience and eye for injustice will be invaluable.”
The chance to work at the Fair Punishment Project was too good to pass up, Hannan said.
“The work Rob and his colleagues have done is incredible, and I’m looking forward to learning from them,” Hannan said. “I’ve seen up close how the criminal justice system is failing us, and I want to do everything I can to make it better.”
Hannan will help produce reports on issues like harsh punishment practices and prosecutorial misconduct. He will also write articles and produce content for a national media organization that will partner with the Fair Punishment Project on criminal justice coverage.
During his time at the Times-Union Hannan covered the recent defeat of State Attorney Angela Corey, dubbed “the cruelest prosecutor in America” by the Nation Magazine, and spotlighted the cases of Marissa Alexander and Randal Ratledge, both of whom faced decades in prison for firing warning shots that didn’t hurt anyone, and Cristian Fernandez, a 12-year-old prosecutors sought to try as an adult for the death of his half-brother.
He has also written extensively about Florida’s Death Penalty system, breaking the story that Corey’s Death Row record had put three times as many people on Death Row compared to any other elected prosecutor in Florida. The recent Fair Punishment Project report “Too Broken to Fix” cited multiple stories Hannan had written in its critique of how Corey operated.
Hannan won the 2016 Florida Press Club Award for public safety reporting for a story on how the Stand Your Ground law in Florida does not work and the 2015 Florida Press Club award for general news writing for his story on Corey’s death penalty record. He was also honored by the Florida Bar for his story “Diversity on the Bench” that looked at the lack of black judges in Florida.
A native of Ohio, Hannan graduated from Bowling Green State University and previously worked at the Willoughby News-Herald in Ohio and the Naples Daily News in Florida. He is married to Deirdre Conner, the advocacy and communications director at the Jacksonville Public Education Foundation. The couple has a newborn son, Rowan Hannan, born in August 2016.
About The Fair Punishment Project
The Fair Punishment Project is helping to create a fair and accountable justice system through legal action, public discourse, and educational initiatives. The Project is a joint initiative of Harvard Law School’s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice and its Criminal Justice Institute, The Accountable Justice Collaborative at The Advocacy Fund and The Bronx Defenders.