Carrie Johnson

National Security Correspondent for the Washington Post

Carrie Johnson appears in the following:

Get Ready For A Fight To Replace Scalia

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Congressional Republicans are pledging to confirm no one President Obama appoints to the Supreme Court.


Detainee Interrogation Chief: Waterboarding Doesn't Work

Friday, February 12, 2016

The head of the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group spoke as Donald Trump is calling for a return to simulated drowning and other interrogation techniques that critics have likened to torture.


Justice Department Files Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Ferguson, Mo.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The federal civil rights lawsuit comes after the Ferguson city council adjusted terms of a negotiated settlement meant to bring the police force, jail and local court system in line.


Court Orders Government To Explain The Holdup With 7,000 Clinton Emails

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

A federal judge wants the Department of Justice to formally explain why it hasn't been able to meet a deadline set for releasing all of Hillary Clinton's emails from her time as secretary of state.


Hillary Clinton's Emails: 5 Questions Answered

Friday, February 05, 2016

Clinton's use of a private email server has become an issue in her presidential bid. Here's what we know about the FBI's investigation, whether she could be charged with a crime and what happens next.


New Pardon Chief In Obama Justice Department Inherits A Huge Backlog

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Veteran Philadelphia prosecutor Robert Zauzmer is heading up a key priority in the final year of Obama's presidency. He tells NPR he has seen too many unfair sentences levied for low-level offenders.


State Department To Withhold 37 Pages Of Hillary Clinton Emails

Friday, January 29, 2016

The State Department will not release 37 pages of Clinton emails because they are top secret. The latest turn in the controversy of her private email server comes days before the Iowa caucuses.


22 Hillary Clinton Emails Dubbed Top Secret

Friday, January 29, 2016

New revelations over the documents on her controversial private server — which were not marked classified at the time they were sent — come just days ahead of the Iowa caucuses.


Bipartisan Panel Issues Urgent Call To Overhaul U.S. Prison System

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A bipartisan task force created by Congress issued an urgent call to reform the federal prison system on Tuesday.


Federal Task Force Recommends Reducing Number Of Inmates By 60,000 In 10 Years

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The criminal justice system "suffers from a one-size-fits-all approach to sentencing and rehabilitation, and that doesn't really serve the interests of public safety," said one task force member.


Attorney General Loretta Lynch Defends Obama Actions On Gun Control

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Wednesday defended President Obama's recent executive actions intended to expand background checks for gun buyers. But Republicans question their usefulness and the motives behind the actions.


Violent Crime Stats Show Increase In 2015

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The FBI reports that murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults were up in the first half of last year over the same time in 2014. The Justice Department calls overall rates historically low.


Obama Asks Congress For Help In Overhauling Justice System

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

There's not much the White House and the Republican-led Congress can agree on this year. President Obama singled out one issue in his State of the Union address: an overhaul for the justice system.


Extradition Of 'El Chapo' Could Take Years, So Why Does The U.S. Want Him?

Monday, January 11, 2016

The extradition of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán to the United States could take years. NPR explores why the U.S. wants him and what is known about his time as a fugitive.


Despite Bipartisan Effort, Window To Pass Sentencing Reform May Be Closing

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Some who have been advocating to reduce prison terms for nonviolent drug criminals privately tell NPR they are beginning to worry nothing will happen in 2016.


Pa. Court: Unconstitutional To Bar Employment Due To Criminal Record

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A state law that prevents convicted criminals from getting full-time jobs in nursing homes or long-term-care facilities is unconstitutional, the Commonwealth Court in Pennsylvania ruled.


Traffic-Related Deaths Are No. 1 Cause For Police Killed In Line Of Duty

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A new report details the number of law enforcement officers killed nationwide this year in the line of duty. Traffic-related deaths have been the number one cause in 15 of the last of 20 years.


Bureaucracy Hampers Clemency Appeals For Eligible Federal Prisoners

Thursday, December 17, 2015

President Obama is expected to grant clemency to dozens of prisoners this week, but the numbers fall far short of his promise. Volunteers are working to send more applications to the White House.


FBI Director Provides New Details On San Bernardino Shooters

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

The San Bernardino shooting and law enforcement efforts to prevent another attack dominated FBI Director James Comey's testimony on Capitol Hill Wednesday.


Justice Department Launches Civil Rights Investigation Into Chicago Police Department

Monday, December 07, 2015

The Justice Department announced Monday it is launching a "pattern or practice" investigation into the Chicago Police Department.