Carrie Johnson

National Security Correspondent for the Washington Post

Carrie Johnson appears in the following:

Justice Dept. Asks For Help Finding Prisoners Who Deserve Clemency

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Longtime followers of the pardon power have criticized President Obama's relatively stingy approach over five years in office. An advocate for ending mandatory minimum sentences says she's "really encouraged" by the new push for clemency.


Holder Calls For Restoring Felons' Voting Rights

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

In a speech Tuesday, the attorney general said laws barring convicted felons from voting are counterproductive and perpetuate "the stigma and isolation imposed on formerly incarcerated individuals."


Holder Orders Equal Treatment For Married Same-Sex Couples

Saturday, February 08, 2014

The attorney general has ordered "full and equal protection" for such couples, a move that has far-reaching repercussions for how they're treated in federal proceedings.


Post-9/11 Panel Criticizes NSA Phone Data Collection

Thursday, January 23, 2014

An independent panel created after the 9/11 attacks says bulk collection of billions of American phone records violates the letter and the spirit of the law.


Lawmakers Roll Out Voting Rights Act Fix

Thursday, January 16, 2014

A bipartisan group of lawmakers took the first step Thursday to patch a gaping hole in the 1965 Voting Rights Act. In June, the Supreme Court eviscerated a key part of the law that allowed for federal oversight of states with a history of discrimination at the ballot box.


Justice Department Prepares Broader Ban On Racial Profiling

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio met on Wednesday to discuss a new series of guidelines that would expand the ban on racial profiling by law-enforcement agencies. The new criteria would extend the coverage to origin and religion, among other characteristics.


Lawyers Seek Justice Department Records On Would-Be Bomber

Monday, January 13, 2014

Lawyers for a young Portland man convicted of trying to blow up a Christmas tree ceremony are asking a judge to order the Justice Department to open its files and share "facts and circumstances" of electronic surveillance that prosecutors disclosed only months after his conviction.


FBI Director 'Confused' By Reports Calling Snowden A Hero

Thursday, January 09, 2014

"I see the government operating the way the founders intended," says FBI Director Jim Comey, who notes that branches of the U.S. government approved the bulk collection of U.S. phone records.


FBI Agents Support Bipartisan Spending Deal

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The bureau, which says it's been hard-hit by sequestration cuts, hopes the compromise plan will forestall furloughs and bring it back to full capacity.


Wash. Judge Rules Towns Failed Poor Defendents

Thursday, December 05, 2013

A big ruling on whether poor criminal defendants have the right to a lawyer came this week. A judge in Washington state finds two cities have systematically violated the rights of indigent defendants by providing them with lawyers who spent less than one hour on their cases.


Report: Threat Of Mandatory Minimums Used To Coerce Guilty Pleas

Thursday, December 05, 2013

And the study by Human Rights Watch finds that defendants who take their fate to a judge or jury face prison sentences on average 11 years longer than those who plead guilty.


Why FISA Court Judges Rule The Way They Do

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Newly disclosed court opinions and statements from the Obama administration raise big questions about whether the National Security Agency's surveillance programs are too complicated for anyone to understand or oversee. Self-policing comes with big challenges. Is it possible to control the vast spy agency?


Judge Suspends Sentencing Of Would-Be Bomber After NSA Revelations

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The sentencing of a Somali-American man convicted of trying to bomb a holiday tree-lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore., in 2010 is in limbo. The hold comes days after the Justice Department notified his lawyers that part of the case against him had been "derived from" secret NSA electronic surveillance.


When It Comes To Public Opinion, More News Is Not Good News For NSA

Thursday, November 07, 2013

New public opinion polls show distaste for National Security Agency surveillance does not break cleanly across party lines. Despite the administration's attempts otherwise, one new study finds that the more people know about the NSA, the more they dislike it.


Families Of Drone Strike Victims Tell Their Stories

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Human rights groups reported recently on U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan that have killed civilians. On Wednesday, family members of victims of those strikes meet with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.


Justice Department Pushes New Thinking On Kids And Crime

Thursday, September 26, 2013

"We believe firmly that children should be kept in school and out of courts," says Justice Department official Robert Listenbee. In his new role leading the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, he's trying to help stop what experts describe as a "school-to-prison pipeline."


New FBI Chief Says Budget Cuts Threaten Agency's Mission

Thursday, September 12, 2013

In his first full week on the job, FBI Director Jim Comey expressed "intense concern" that sequester cuts could result in two weeks of furlough days for agents and the loss of 3,000 positions. He says it's a big national security worry.


What Should Be On New FBI Director's To-Do List?

Thursday, September 05, 2013

For the first time in years, there's new leadership at the FBI. Attorney General Eric Holder conducted the swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday. While Jim Comey starts his job Thursday, he's been working to get ready for years โ€” preparing for threats ranging from terrorist bombings to cyber attacks.


Justice Department Tackles Quality Of Defense For The Poor

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

An unprecedented recent court filing from the Justice Department could have dramatic implications for the representation of indigent defendants. The department argues that the fix for broken public defender systems could include a court-appointed monitor.


DOJ Won't Sue To Overturn Recreational Pot Laws

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Department of Justice issued new guidance Thursday on enforcement of marijuana laws. The move comes after two states โ€” Colorado and Washington โ€” legalized marijuana for recreational use. The department said it would not sue to pre-empt those laws as long as the two states follow the new policy, which applies to all 50 states. The government's priorities for prosecutors include keeping drug profits away from gangs and cartels, and keeping marijuana away from children.