Carrie Johnson

National Security Correspondent for the Washington Post

Carrie Johnson appears in the following:

Justice Reform Advocates Urge Obama To Speed Action On Clemency

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

More than three dozen law professors are reaching out to President Obama to sound an alarm. They want him to pick up the pace on his clemency grants so that no deserving prisoner is left behind.


FBI Releases Partial Transcripts From Orlando Shooter's 911 Calls

Monday, June 20, 2016

Authorities have omitted some material but recently released partial transcripts of Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen's various calls to 911 during the siege.


For Civil Rights Chief, Fighting For The Outsider Is Deeply Personal

Thursday, June 09, 2016

"History doesn't reward timidity," Vanita Gupta, who runs the Justice Department's civil rights unit, said recently. She's at the center of fights over transgender rights and police accountability.


Push To Crack Down On Drug That Killed Prince Echoes Fight From 1980s

Friday, June 03, 2016

A proposal by New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte to increase criminal penalties for possessing fentanyl is drawing the ire of advocates, who want to treat drug use as a public health problem.


Inspector General Report Criticizes Hillary Clinton's Use Of Private Server

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The State Department's independent watchdog criticizes Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email account and server for official business.


Behind The Mystique: Tour Interpol Washington

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The international law enforcement agency holds a rare open house in Washington, D.C. 190 countries belong to Interpol, which issues global alerts on fugitives and collects info on stolen ID documents.


'It's Just The Beginning Now,' Says Man Freed From Serving Two Life Sentences

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

David Padilla is adjusting to life back home in Northeast Philadelphia. After nearly 20 years in prison, he won clemency last year, freeing him from two life sentences for nonviolent drug crimes.


Justice Department Files Complaint Against North Carolina Over Bathroom Law

Monday, May 09, 2016

Attorney General Loretta Lynch filed a federal complaint against North Carolina Monday after the state sued the federal government in the fight over its controversial transgender bathroom law.


FBI Probe Of Clinton's Email Use Advances With Aides' Interviews

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Federal investigators have interviewed top aides to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. They're asking whether her email practices as secretary of state compromised government secrets.


Training Helps Inmates Build A Bridge To Life Outside Prison Walls

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Loretta Lynch made her first visit to a federal prison as the nation's top law enforcement officer. She highlighted the need for more services to help inmates re-enter society.


One Last Push In Congress To Change Punishment For Drug Crimes This Year

Thursday, April 28, 2016

A bipartisan group of senators has spent three years hashing out a proposal to reduce mandatory minimum prison terms for many nonviolent crimes.


Former New Orleans Police Officers Plead Guilty In Danziger Bridge Incident

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Former New Orleans police officers implicated in the shooting of unarmed civilians in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court. This case was plagued with problems, including allegations of prosecutorial misconduct.


Solitary Confinement Is What Destroyed My Son, Grieving Mom Says

Monday, April 18, 2016

Venida Browder's son killed himself after spending time in solitary confinement. She's fighting to end isolation of youth in jails and prisons. A new campaign with that goal launches this week.


Justice Dept: 'Devastating Consequences' When Tech Exported To The Wrong Hands

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Federal prosecutors recently extradited a man from Singapore to face charges he helped conspire to evade export-control laws and send material that wound up in improvised explosive devices in Iraq.


Officials Scrutinized Over Classified Information, But Rarely Found Criminal

Thursday, April 07, 2016

There's a long history of government officials getting FBI scrutiny for mishandling classified information. But prosecutors usually require bad intent or ulterior motives to bring a criminal case.


Justice Department's No. 3 Official Is Stepping Down

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Stuart Delery, acting associate attorney general, is resigning to explore options in the private sector. He leaves as the highest-ranking openly gay leader in the department's history.


Clinton Email Probe Recalls Past Scrutiny Over Classified Information

Monday, April 04, 2016

Federal investigators continue to look into the handling of classified information around Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state. It's not the first time government officials have been scrutinized over the handling of classified information.


Justice Department Resolves Probe Into Newark, N.J., Police

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Justice Department civil rights unit resolves an investigation into the Newark, N.J., police department over discriminatory practices.


Justice Department Voting Rights Unit Adapts After Supreme Court Ruling

Friday, March 25, 2016

Justin Levitt leads the Justice Department's voting rights unit, which is fighting in North Carolina, Texas and elsewhere in the first national elections since the Supreme Court upended the Voting Rights Act.


Justice Department Charges 7 Iranians For Hacking U.S. Banks

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Justice Department is charging seven Iranians with alleged cyber attacks against American banks and an attempt to take over control of a dam in New York.