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Shannon Heffernan
Criminal Justice reporter for in Chicago. Covered mental health, poverty. Writes short fiction.
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#Prisonculture Nov 15
Nearly all the officers in charge of an Indiana police department have been disciplined — including the chief who keeps promoting them
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Shannon Heffernan 23h
Replying to @shannon_h
In the story we discussed the incident that got Larry Earvin sent to prison. When these incidents happen, I think it's worth giving the public this information, so they can ask questions about if the person needed to be behind bars.
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Shannon Heffernan 23h
Replying to @JeanneKuang
And unfortunately, these two deaths are far from the only ones. In addition to potential violence, poor medical care is leading to a lot of preventable deaths behind bars in Illinois.
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Shannon Heffernan Nov 16
Replying to @shannon_h
It appears he was homeless, making it difficult to find people he knows. Public transparency around prison deaths is particularly important in cases where a person may not have identifiable loved ones tracking their deaths.
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Shannon Heffernan Nov 16
I've spent months tracking down info about Larry Earvin's death inside an IL Prison. Yesterday we obtained records showing he died after an "altercation" with staff & ruling his death a homicide. We are seeking more info. If you know him or have info, reach out. Web story below.
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WBEZ Nov 15
After an “altercation” with prison staff, 65-year old Larry Earvin died. Documents from the coroner show he had multiple fractured ribs. His death has been ruled a homicide.
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Linda Lutton Nov 15
Students, get your teachers! Time to make a podcast! I'm honored to be a judge in the first-ever *NPR Student Podcast Challenge* Winners featured on NPR. Entries open January 1. More here:
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Shannon Heffernan Nov 15
Really enjoying the Reader lately! Thanks for your work.
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WBEZ Nov 15
In 2016 and 2017, 174 people died while in an Illinois prison. Some of those deaths could have been prevented.
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Shannon Heffernan Nov 14
Replying to @sarahegeis
I’d be a loyal reader
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Shannon Heffernan Nov 14
Thread with essential context on the police shooting of Jemel Robinson.
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Sarah Geis Nov 13
Season 3 of is here! Right out of the gate, a maybe-perfect story from the incredible . A joy to work w/ & so many great producers this season.
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Shannon Heffernan Nov 13
How falling behind, even a little, on tax payments can completely destroy your finances. From & .
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Shannon Heffernan Nov 13
An interesting follow up on ’s reporting on ballistic testing & the its problems
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Shannon Heffernan Nov 12
Replying to @mizamudio @WBEZ
Welcome!
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Kristen Schorsch Nov 8
Heads up >> has finalized plans to close 2 branch locations to save $$. As of 1/5/2019, courts at 155 W. 51st St. & 2452 W. Belmont Ave. will shutter. Details >>
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Shannon Heffernan Nov 7
Excellent explanation for anyone confused on Rialmo developmentS
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Shannon Heffernan Nov 6
CNN calls it for Underwood. The song, “another one bites the dust” comes on the speakers at her election party.
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Shannon Heffernan Nov 6
Replying to @shannon_h
The 14th district, where Democrat Lauren Underwood is currently leading for a house seat, usually goes red. I asked a bunch of people at her party why they think she's doing so well. Almost everyone says healthcare. One person says: our most basic rights are at stake, our lives.
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Shannon Heffernan Nov 6
Replying to @shannon_h
Mood is absolutely jubilant as Lauren Underwood enters her election night party. “Get this party” started blasts through speakers. It’s a large, packed room.
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