Her reporting has earned her a Third Coast International Audio Festival Award, a National Murrow Award for best writing and a PRINDI for best writing, as well as awards from the Illinois AP and Chicago Headline Club. She worked on the 16 Shots podcast, which was a Scripps Howard finalist. Her work has been heard on local and national programming, including This American Life.
Shannon also writes short fictional stories and has been published Hobart, The Indiana Review and The Columbia Review, where she won the 2016 prize for fiction.
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The sprawling facility is battling one of the largest COVID-19 outbreaks in the country. These are first-hand accounts from inside the jail.
Officials say 126 workers and 289 detainees at the jail have confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
On Thursday, a federal judge ordered the county to take steps to keep the jail sanitary and safe as COVID-19 continues to spread.
Civil rights groups are suing to force Illinois to release prisoners. The state says the cases ignore what’s already been done.
One inmate says the coronavirus is like an “invisible man [that] has the power to kill and nobody can do anything about it.”
The lawsuit comes after one prisoner died from the disease and several others are hospitalized, and on ventilators.
Several of the hospitalized men are on ventilators and another 77 men at Stateville are symptomatic.
Dart says the governor’s decision Thursday makes his job of containing COVID-19 at the jail more difficult: “That’s every man for himself.“
An executive order halting admissions comes as 12 confirmed COVID-19 cases are tied to the Department of Corrections.
The cases include three prisoners and three staff members. Experts say COVID-19 can spread especially quickly in crowded facilities.