Hannah Riley joined the Southern Center for Human Rights in 2017. As Communications Director, she works with the litigation and policy teams to craft communications strategies that support litigation, underline the need for policy reforms, improve public education around the criminal legal system, and work towards mass liberation.
Prior to joining SCHR, Hannah served as Communications Associate at the Innocence Project and then as Director of Communications at the New England Innocence Project, working to educate the public about the criminal legal system’s fallibility, advance litigation goals through strategic communications, and support formerly incarcerated people in telling their stories. She has also held communications consulting roles with multiple legal nonprofits. She is a freelance writer, focused mostly on the harms of the criminal legal system, with pieces in The Nation, Slate, Huffington Post, NBC, and other outlets. She holds a Master’s Degree in Criminology from the University of Cambridge, where she concentrated her research on prosecutorial misconduct, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She is a 2021 New Leaders Council fellow.