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Shannon Heffernan
Criminal Justice reporter for in Chicago. Covered mental health, poverty. Writes short fiction.
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Shannon Heffernan 12h
Replying to @natalieymoore @Ragdale
: A mix of things, for the ear and the page. A few non-fiction essays. Revising a few fiction short stories. You should totally come here when you are working on your next project
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Patrick Smith Jun 25
There are >6k untested DNA assignments in state police labs. Data show that much of the DNA backlog involves non-violent crimes. There are almost twice as many burglaries awaiting DNA testing than homicides. As of 6/10 there were 35 marijuana cases.
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Shannon Heffernan Jun 25
Replying to @tprstly
Ghost. Pottery scene, specifically.
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Shannon Heffernan Jun 25
For the next 19 days, I will be at a writing residency at . I'll still check in here regularly, but I won't be posting news updates or stories. Excited for the chance to do some writing, thinking and reading off deadline!
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Shannon Heffernan Jun 22
“The children are locked in their cells and cages nearly all day long... A few of the kids said they had some opportunities to go outside and play, but they said they can’t bring themselves to play because they are trying to stay alive in there.”
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Shannon Heffernan Jun 22
“Rodriguez Sanchez and Ramirez-Rosa encouraged residents to lock their doors; avoid signing documents they didn’t understand or answering questions; and, if arrested by ICE, have a family member the ICIRR support hotline at 855-435-7693.”
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Maria Ines Zamudio Jun 21
I traveled to Tijuana last month with support from to interview dozens of deported veterans. Here is their story for Thanks for your photos.
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Shannon Heffernan Jun 21
Replying to @Bekl09
I'd like to learn more about your program.
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Stephanie Kollmann Jun 21
Replying to @shannon_h @CFJC_NULaw
I'm grateful that got the agencies' responses/nonresponses on the record and asked so many others, esp 's Julie Biehl, about this police processing center (that is used only for youth who live in certain South and West Side neighborhoods).
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Duaa Eldeib Jun 21
For Matias, his child’s first word was not in Spanish. Or in English. But in Slovak. In that moment, Matias realized his son was being raised speaking a language he did not understand. He feared what would happen if it took longer to get him back.
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Shannon Heffernan Jun 21
Replying to @shannon_h
All this makes some justice advocates wonder if the JISC is just a glorified police station. They argue the city should take a closer look, before continuing to fund the nearly 5 mill/year program, at a time with resources are tight to help kids and keep the city safe.
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Shannon Heffernan Jun 21
Replying to @shannon_h
The city would not provide a list of how many kids were being refereed to what programs. That made it impossible to tell if those programs even had enough slots.
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Shannon Heffernan Jun 21
Replying to @shannon_h
The JISC has a contract with a non-profit to provide case management --we were told case mngmt. includes evaluating what kids need and referring them for services... but (and this important) the JISC does NOT actually pay anyone to provide the services themselves.
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Shannon Heffernan Jun 21
Replying to @shannon_h
Only about 15 percent of kids are refereed to services via the JISC-- but even this number is opaque... here is why:
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Shannon Heffernan Jun 21
Replying to @shannon_h
Some things we learned: Less than 1% of kids who are taken to the JISC are released without charges. Even kids who are diverted from court and sent home with a parent, are still charged, according to police officials and data we received.
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Shannon Heffernan Jun 21
This Chicago program promised to keep kids out of the justice system and provide them with services. But WBEZ data shows nearly all the youth in the program still get a record and it's unclear the types of services, if any, the kids actually get.
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WBEZ Jun 21
Chicago's 10-year-old juvenile justice program will cost the city about $5 million this year, according to budget documents, but evidence of the program's effectiveness is sparse.
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Chip Mitchell Jun 21
Important reporting by
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Patrick Smith Jun 21
Lightfoot returned to the police board she used to lead last night and addressed the board and attendees. She wrapped up her remarks after George Blakemore indicated she had gone over the allowed time for public comment.
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Chip Mitchell Jun 21
Juvenile justice advocates say they’ve been seeking information for years without success and that has them wondering if there isn’t a better way for to spend its limited dollars to help kids and keep the city safe, reports.
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