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Carrie Johnson

National Security Correspondent for the Washington Post

Carrie Johnson appears in the following:

Sentenced For Life, Inmate Still Holds Hope For Release

Friday, December 19, 2014

David Padilla is one of thousands of people sentenced under tough drug laws who are spending life in prison. Now the Clemency Project 2014 promises pardons or early release for some offenders.

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After 17 Years Behind Bars, Coming Home To A Different Life

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Stephanie George got a life sentence for drug crimes at age 26, a punishment that troubled the judge who sent her away. Now, after 17 years and a White House commutation, George tries to rebuild.

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From Judges To Inmates, Finding The Human Casualties Of Mandatory Sentencing

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Amid the backdrop of debate inside Washington and across the country, an NPR series will focus on the human toll of the tough mandatory minimum prison terms for drug crimes.

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Judge Regrets Harsh Human Toll Of Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Thousands of people are imprisoned for decades, if not life, because of tough drug sentences. Now judges, lawyers and advocates ask whether it's time to dial back those penalties.

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As Torture Report's Release Nears, CIA And Opponents Ready Responses

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

The Senate's release will focus on case studies of the treatment, at times brutal, of 20 or so high-value detainees in the counterterrorism efforts following 9/11, and whether those methods paid off.

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Justice Department Moves To Further Rein In Racial Profiling

Monday, December 08, 2014

New guidelines being unveiled today will broaden rules for the FBI, ATF, DEA and other federal agencies, that will ban — or nearly ban — profiling by race, gender, religion or sexual orientation.

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DOJ Probe: Cleveland Police Engaged In Unreasonable Force

Friday, December 05, 2014

A widespread pattern of excessive force has been uncovered. The 18-month federal civil rights investigation also found police supervisors failed to document and investigate claims of brutality.

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Putin Stands Firm In 'State Of The Nation' Address

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin made his annual "State of the Nation" speech in Moscow on Thursday, with a defense of Russia's seizure of Crimea and an attack on Western nations who he said were intent on keeping Russia down.

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Justice Department Says Cleveland PD Has Pattern Of Excessive Force

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department has found a pattern of excessive force by the Cleveland police. Holder's announcement comes as his department investigates high-profile cases of officer-involved deaths in New York and Missouri.

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Justice Department Plans New Cybercrime Team

Thursday, December 04, 2014

The reorganization being announced today will "provide a central hub for expert advice and legal guidance" and improve coordination among law enforcement, businesses and elected officials.

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Justice Department To Continue Investigating Eric Garner's Death

Thursday, December 04, 2014

A Staten Island grand jury didn't charge a police officer in the death of Eric Garner. The unarmed black man died after police pulled him aside for selling loose cigarettes and put him in a chokehold.

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Federal Ferguson Investigation Will Remain Independent, Holder Insists

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The federal probe is examining whether Darren Wilson intentionally violated Michael Brown's civil rights. Justice Department veterans say proving he violated federal criminal law will be difficult.

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Ferguson Readies For Grand Jury Decision

Monday, November 24, 2014

A grand jury considering whether to indict a Ferguson, Mo., police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown has reached a decision.

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Holder Calls For Calm As Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Looms

Friday, November 21, 2014

In a newly released video, Attorney General Eric Holder has messages for law enforcement agents as well as for those protesting the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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Brooklyn Prosecutor Could Be Nominated Attorney General In Coming Days

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Loretta Lynch is the lead federal prosecutor in a district of 8 million people. But outside law enforcement circles, she isn't widely known. She'd be the nation's first black female attorney general.

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GOP Takes Control Of Senate With Wins in N.C., Iowa, Ark., Colo.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Republicans needed to pick up just six seats in Tuesday's midterm elections to wrest control of the Senate. In the House, the key question was how big the GOP majority would be next year.

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New Attorney General Not Likely Until 2015

Monday, November 03, 2014

Though a short list of candidates to replace current Attorney General Eric Holder is circulating, a nomination and confirmation is increasingly unlikely until after an expected shift in Congress.

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Security Beefed Up At Federal Buildings Across U.S.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Department of Homeland Security is beefing up security at federal buildings as a precautionary measure after recent attacks in Canada and ongoing threats from the so-called Islamic State.

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Privacy Advocates Don't Buy FBI's Warning About Encryption Practices

Friday, October 17, 2014

FBI Director James Comey used his first major policy address to warn that new encryption techniques could lock out law enforcement trying to solve crimes. He wants a back door into smartphones.

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Justice Department's Civil Rights Division To Get Interim Leader

Thursday, October 16, 2014

ACLU deputy legal director Vanita Gupta will lead the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department. She will likely be nominated for Senate confirmation to hold the job permanently.

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