Carrie Johnson

National Security Correspondent for the Washington Post

Carrie Johnson appears in the following:

Domestic Violence Protections Still Resonate 20 Years After Crime Bill

Saturday, September 13, 2014

President Clinton signed major crime legislation in 1994, and provisions that protect women from domestic violence have deep staying power.


20 Years Later, Parts Of Major Crime Bill Viewed As Terrible Mistake

Friday, September 12, 2014

In 1994, Congress passed the most significant crime-fighting legislation in a generation. Now, policymakers are dialing back Clinton's tough-on-crime policies.


Federal Judge Decides BP Acted With Gross Negligence In Gulf Oil Spill

Thursday, September 04, 2014

A federal judge has ruled that British Petroleum is guilty of gross negligence in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and oil spill. The decision means BP might be fined billions of dollars in penalties for its role.


Holder Says Ferguson Probe Will Look For Source Of Police Mistrust

Thursday, September 04, 2014

The Justice Department investigation is likely to last for months and could result in a court-enforceable agreement to improve things like hiring and training of police in the Missouri city.


No. 3 Justice Department Official To Depart For The Private Sector

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Associate Attorney General Tony West served as the point man for the Obama administration's efforts to recover taxpayer money in settlements related to residential-mortgage-backed securities.


Legal Questions Loom As Obama Weighs Military Action In Syria

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Obama administration is considering whether to broaden its air campaign against the extremist group the Islamic State by striking targets in Syria.


Former Border Protection Insider Alleges Corruption, Distortion In Agency

Thursday, August 28, 2014

James Tomsheck was pushed out of his job as internal affairs chief for Customs and Border Protection in June. He warns the agency has become a paramilitary organization with little accountability.


Holder Seeks To Soothe Nerves During Visit To Ferguson

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The attorney general hugged community leaders, a highway patrol captain and the mother of Michael Brown during his visit, and got an update on the federal investigation into the teen's shooting.


Rights Of Protesters, Media Misunderstood In Ferguson

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Authorities in the Missouri city are barring protesters and the media from recording their actions, arresting photographers and reporters and insisting that marchers walk instead of stay in one place.


Islamic State Gives U.S. Reason To Intervene In Syria, Ex-Ambassador Says

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Kelly McEvers talks to former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford about current U.S. policy in the region, and where it should be headed.


What Washington Can, And Can't, Do In Ferguson

Monday, August 18, 2014

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder visited the White House to brief President Obama on the latest federal response to unrest in Ferguson, Mo. FBI agents are set to finish canvassing for witnesses to the shooting of Michael Brown, and more federal peacemakers will arrive to try to ease tensions.


Attorney General Holder: Ferguson Scenes Cannot Continue

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Eric Holder said federal investigators have already conducted interviews with eyewitnesses to the shooting of an unarmed black teenager in a St. Louis suburb.


Government Watchdogs Complain Of Closed Doors Set Up By White House

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Inspectors general complain that they're being stiffed on the access they need to serve effectively. Four lawmakers are now demanding that the Obama administration comply with transparency requests.


Long Process Begins To Win Non-Violent Drug Offenders Pardons

Thursday, August 07, 2014

It's all part of an effort to clear overcrowded prisons of non-violent drug offenders who would have received shorter sentences if they had been convicted today.


After Discrimination Finding, Jury's Out On Memphis Juvenile Courts

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The U.S. Justice Department bashed the juvenile justice system in Shelby County, Tenn., in 2012. Now, Memphis courts are trying to find a way forward.


Coaches Help Released Inmates Step From The Cell Into A Job

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Labor Secretary Tom Perez are traveling to Montgomery County, Md., to highlight workforce training for inmates about to leave prisons and jails. They plan to replicate the county's program around the U.S. by giving federal grant money.


By Putting Interrogations On Tape, FBI Opens Window Into Questioning

Monday, July 21, 2014

The FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies will soon begin recording the interrogations they conduct. It's a reversal of decades of policy and, the Obama administration says, a demonstration that agents act appropriately, without coercing suspects. Some big loopholes remain in the policy, though.


Unanimous Vote Could Mean Reduced Penalties For 46,000 Defendants

Friday, July 18, 2014

The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted Friday on a recommendation that Congress lower certain mandatory drug sentences retroactively. The move could cut almost two years off of thousands of prisoners' sentences.


Commission To Decide If Some Federal Inmates Will Be Let Out Early

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Sentencing Commission meets Friday to vote on a plan that could send home tens of thousands of federal inmates convicted of drug trafficking.


With A Rules Change For A Lever, Senate Ends Judge's 17-Year Wait

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Senate has voted 53 to 44 to confirm Ronnie White for a federal court judgeship in Missouri, 17 years after he was first nominated by President Bill Clinton.