Carrie Johnson

National Security Correspondent for the Washington Post

Carrie Johnson appears in the following:

Kristen Clarke's Civil Rights Record Led Her To Barrier-Breaking DOJ Nomination

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Clarke faced senators in a hearing on Wednesday for consideration to lead the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. If confirmed she would be the first woman and first woman of color in the job.


Advocates Say How Gun Crimes Are Charged In Washington D.C. Is A Civil Rights Issue

Monday, April 12, 2021

In a struggle over how gun crimes are handled in D.C., federal prosecutors say they need room to bring charges in federal court — advocates say it's a civil rights issue, driving mass incarceration.


Criminal Justice Reform Advocates Say They're Anxious To See More Action From Biden

Friday, April 02, 2021

President Biden pledged that criminal justice reform would be a key theme of his administration. But some advocates say they're anxious to see more action.


Biden Phase-Out Of Private Jails Worries U.S. Marshals Who Transport Detainees

Thursday, April 01, 2021

Current and former officials say that the executive order could mean that some pretrial detainees are housed hours away from courthouses where their cases will be heard, diverting resources.


When It Comes To Email, Some Prisoners Say Attorney-Client Privilege Has Been Erased

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Within the Federal Bureau of Prisons, inmates are asked to "voluntarily" agree to electronic monitoring in order to use the bureau's email system. But critics say there's nothing voluntary about it.


FBI Director Wray Discusses Capitol Riot Investigation, Domestic Terrorism Threats

Friday, March 19, 2021

FBI Director Chris Wray gives an update on the investigation into the Capitol insurrection. He has described the threat of domestic terrorism in the U.S. as "metastasizing" across the country.


'We're Going To Keep Digging,' FBI Director Wray Says Of Capitol Siege

Thursday, March 18, 2021

In a rare interview, FBI Director Christopher Wray told NPR that the bureau will keep working on the sprawling investigation "no matter how long it takes."


FBI Director Explains The Ongoing Capitol Riot Investigation

Thursday, March 18, 2021

FBI Director Chris Wray explains the ongoing investigation into the riot at the Capitol and the recent spate of attacks directed against Asian Americans.


Whistleblowers Allege Improper Hiring At Justice Department During Trump's Last Days

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

The whistleblowers accuse Jeffrey Bossert Clark of conducting a "sham" process and elevating a person who volunteered to defend a controversial Trump policy on abortion access.


Garland Confirmed As Attorney General 5 Years After Thwarted Supreme Court Bid

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

The Senate has confirmed Merrick Garland to run the Justice Department. He's vowed to crack down on violent domestic extremists and reduce racial disparities in the justice system.


New Justice Department Team Comes Into Focus Ahead Of Vote On Garland

Monday, March 08, 2021

Two more of President Biden's nominees to lead the Justice Department will be questioned by the Senate this week as Merrick Garland prepares for confirmation as attorney general.


'Yeah, We Lied': Messages Show Prosecutors' Panic Over Missteps In Federal Case

Thursday, February 25, 2021

The newly disclosed documents give a window into the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan after a judge started asking questions about a case that the Justice Department won but then abandoned.


Corporate Lawyers Who Become Judges Less Likely To Side With Workers, Study Says

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

A new study of diversity on the bench reports that judges who worked as prosecutors and corporate attorneys are significantly more likely to rule in favor of employers in workplace disputes.


Merrick Garland Heads For Confirmation Hearing, 5 Years After He Was Denied A Vote

Sunday, February 21, 2021

The former Supreme Court nominee will face the Senate this week as President Biden's pick to lead the Justice Department. If confirmed, he'll inherit a department reeling from political scandals.


Brothers Who Expected To Die In Pennsylvania Prison Now Free After Clemency

Thursday, February 18, 2021

The Evans brothers are now home in Philadelphia after decades in prison. Convicted of second degree murder, they had few options for release in Pennsylvania under current law.


Trump Wasn't Convicted On Capitol Riot Charge, But Legal Repercussions Still Possible

Sunday, February 14, 2021

The Senate has acquitted former President Donald Trump on the charge of inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol siege. But Sen. Mitch McConnell and others point out that prosecutors have not yet had their say.


House Managers Use Video To Show How Close Rioters Got To Lawmakers

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Jarring audio and video dotted arguments in Day 2 of former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. House impeachment managers recounted, at times minute-by-minute, the violence of Jan. 6.


Life Without Parole For 'Felony Murder': Pa. Case Targets Sentencing Law

Thursday, February 04, 2021

More than 1,000 people are serving life sentences in Pennsylvania, even though they never intended to kill anyone — 70% of them are Black. A lawsuit calls the concept cruel and unconstitutional.


Biden Administration Aims To Advance Racial Equity With Executive Actions

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

President Biden has signed executive orders designed to promote equity in housing, phase out some private prisons and promote respect for Native American and Asian American communities.


New Program Aims To Bring More Civil Rights Lawyers To The South

Monday, January 18, 2021

The scholarship program, sponsored by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, intends to support the next generation of civil rights advocates working in the South.