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Carrie Johnson

National Security Correspondent for the Washington Post

Carrie Johnson appears in the following:

Republicans Join Fight To Reduce Prison Terms For Drug Crimes

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A small group of advocates has been working for years to overhaul the criminal justice system — to dial back long sentences for drug crimes, and let nonviolent inmates out of prison early.

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Supreme Court Rules On Two Closely-Watched Discrimination Cases

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A divided Supreme Court Wednesday ruled in cases concerning alleged discrimination. One involves racial redistricting in Alabama, and the other concerns the rights of a UPS driver who became pregnant.

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Justice Department Weighs In On Assembly-Line Justice For Children

Saturday, March 21, 2015

For the first time, the federal government is asserting juveniles' right to counsel by wading into a Georgia case alleging inadequate representation. Authorities say the problems occur nationwide.

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Attorney General Holder Jokes That Republicans Have 'A New Fondness For Me'

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Senate has delayed confirming Holder's successor, Loretta Lynch. Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin says Lynch has been "asked to sit in the back of the bus when it comes to the Senate calendar."

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U.S. Attorney General Holder Denounces Police Shootings In Missouri

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Eric Holder called the attacks on Ferguson officers disgusting and cowardly. He is putting in motion a pilot program in six cities to try to improve police-citizen interactions.

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Justice Department To File Corruption Charges Against Sen. Menendez

Friday, March 06, 2015

The Justice Department plans to file corruption charges against Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., alleging that he did political favors for a friend and donor.

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DOJ Report Reveals Pattern Of Racial Discrimination By Ferguson Police

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

The Justice Department says it has formally closed its investigation into the death of Michael Brown without bringing any federal charges against the police officer who killed him. But the department did find evidence of both indirect and direct discrimination by the Ferguson Police Department and courts.

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DOJ: Ferguson Police Routinely Discriminate Against African Americans

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

A Justice Department investigation finds police and local courts in Ferguson, Mo., routinely violate the constitution and federal laws. Civil rights investigators cite a pattern of racial bias.

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Source: Probe Of Ferguson Police Uncovers Racist Comment About Obama

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

The Justice Department found that the department violated the Constitution with discriminatory policing practices. It found blacks disproportionately targeted by the police and the justice system.

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Community Policing Task Force Calls For Better Training, More Transparency

Monday, March 02, 2015

A White House task force says law enforcement needs to change their practices to rebuild trust with minority communities.

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Task Force Calls For Independent Probes Of Police-Involved Shootings

Monday, March 02, 2015

The President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing also emphasized the need for better training and equipment, including bulletproof vests. But it stopped short of insisting police wear body cameras.

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Loretta Lynch One Step Closer To Attorney General

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance Loretta Lynch's nomination to be the next U.S. Attorney General on Thursday. Next stop: a full Senate vote on confirmation.

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Little-Known Laws Help Sex Trafficking Victims Clear Criminal Records

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

"I'm not ever going to forget what I've done," says a woman once convicted of prostitution. "But, at the same time, I don't want it thrown in my face every time I'm trying to seek employment."

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Advocates Hope 'Vacatur' Laws Will Help Prostitutes Clear Their Records

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

For the first time in Maryland, a woman with a prostitution conviction has had her criminal record wiped clean by convincing a judge she is actually a victim, forced into the life by brutal pimps. Advocates hope it will be a model in other states.

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FBI Director Wades Into Contentious Debate Over Policing And Race

Thursday, February 12, 2015

James Comey says the nation is at a crossroads when it comes to race and policing. He told students on Thursday that it's time for law enforcement and communities to face some hard truths.

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Supporters Say Imprisoned Nun Is Being Held In 'Unfair' Conditions

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Megan Rice, an 85-year-old Catholic nun and anti-nuclear activist, is at a crowded facility in Brooklyn. Her friends warn of deplorable conditions there including a lack of health care.

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Attorney General Nomination Expected To Advance To Full Senate

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Loretta Lynch faced questioning from senators in her bid for confirmation. Republicans used the opportunity to criticize the president's executive actions on immigration and Eric Holder's record.

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Attorney General Nominee Faces Senate Judiciary Committee

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Seeking confirmation, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch faced the Senate Judiciary committee on Wednesday.

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No Federal Charges Expected Against Darren Wilson

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Mayors and police chiefs are asking how they can rebuild trust with minority communities. The question comes as a Justice Department investigation of a white police officer in the shooting death of a black man in Ferguson, Mo., is winding down.

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Whistleblowers Say DOJ Grants Failed To Protect Kids Behind Bars

Monday, January 19, 2015

A Senate panel is investigating the use of federal grant money to states that incarcerated children alongside adult criminals. Whistleblowers have spent years flagging problems with the program.

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