Carrie Johnson http://nhpr.org en Unanimous Vote Could Mean Reduced Penalties For 46,000 Defendants http://nhpr.org/post/unanimous-vote-could-mean-reduced-penalties-46000-defendants Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Now to a major decision that could bring big changes to as many as 46,000 prison inmates. Those are people convicted of drug crimes, and today, the U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously to reduce prison sentences for drug defendants who are already behind bars. This would start next year. NPR justice correspondent, Carrie Johnson, has our story.<p>CARRIE JOHNSON, BYLINE: The U.S. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 52203 at http://nhpr.org No Criminal Charges In Senate-CIA Spat, Justice Department Says http://nhpr.org/post/no-criminal-charges-senate-cia-spat-justice-department-says The Justice Department has declined to bring criminal charges against anyone at the CIA or the Senate Intelligence Committee in a dispute over access to documents about the enhanced interrogation program the U.S. deployed against detainees after the attacks of Sept. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:32:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 51686 at http://nhpr.org No Criminal Charges In Senate-CIA Spat, Justice Department Says Case Against Benghazi Suspect Is Complex, Justice Department Says http://nhpr.org/post/case-against-benghazi-suspect-complex-justice-department-says The Justice Department says its case against a man accused in the 2012 attacks on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, is unusually complex and involves "novel questions of fact and law."<p>In a Washington, D.C., federal courtroom Tuesday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael DiLorenzo said the government had already begun sharing sensitive documents with defense attorneys. But many of the hundreds of people interviewed by the FBI remain overseas, and many documents are either top secret or in Arabic, or both. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:27:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 51533 at http://nhpr.org Case Against Benghazi Suspect Is Complex, Justice Department Says Small But Steady Downward Trend In U.S. Executions http://nhpr.org/post/small-steady-downward-trend-us-executions Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Here's a little-noticed fact about the death penalty. We've heard a big debate about how to execute people - lethal injection, electric chair, firing squad. That debate obscures a little-noticed fact - the number of people executed by any method is way down in the United States in recent years. NPR justice correspondent Carrie Johnson has been covering this story. She's in our studios. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 08:59:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 51062 at http://nhpr.org Report Questions U.S. Policy On Overseas Drone Strikes http://nhpr.org/post/report-questions-us-policy-overseas-drone-strikes U.S. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 04:03:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 50872 at http://nhpr.org Report Questions U.S. Policy On Overseas Drone Strikes Murdered Voting Advocate's Brother Wants Protections Back http://nhpr.org/post/murdered-voting-advocates-brother-wants-protections-back One year ago, the Supreme Court threw out a key section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The law gave the federal government a kind of veto power over voting arrangements in states with a history of discrimination. Now, without those protections, civil rights activists say many states are moving polling places and enacting laws that disproportionately hurt minorities.<p>This week, they're turning to Congress for help. Consider David Goodman, who stands on a patch of grass outside the U.S. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:04:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 50805 at http://nhpr.org Murdered Voting Advocate's Brother Wants Protections Back Overtime System At Customs And Border Protection Investigated http://nhpr.org/post/overtime-system-customs-and-border-protection-investigated Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Whistle-blowers at U.S. Customs and Border Protection say employees there are abusing an overtime program designed for law enforcement emergencies. A federal watchdog says even desk workers in the agency have been claiming routine overtime every day and that is costing taxpayers $40 million a year. NPR's Carrie Johnson reports.<p>CARRIE JOHNSON, BYLINE: The program known as Administratively Uncontrolled Overtime - or AUO - dates back 40 years. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:59:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 50346 at http://nhpr.org Internal Affairs Chief Fired At U.S. Customs And Border Protection http://nhpr.org/post/internal-affairs-chief-fired-us-customs-and-border-protection Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. U.S. Customs and Border Protection has come under intense scrutiny this year for shootings by its agents along the Southwest border. Unarmed people have died after throwing rocks at border agents who shot back. The agency's investigations of many of these incidents have been kept from the public. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 10:55:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 49965 at http://nhpr.org FBI Director Comey Looks Ahead To His Next Nine Years http://nhpr.org/post/fbi-director-comey-looks-ahead-his-next-nine-years FBI Director Jim Comey brushed back a dark curtain last Thursday morning and emerged to greet his audience, <em>Tonight Show</em> style.<p>"I feel like a talk show host," Comey told a group of new recruits, the first hired on his watch since he joined the FBI nine months ago.<p>The FBI director serves for a decade, longer than the president who appointed him, and longer than any other member of the national security establishment. That tenure's designed to insulate the FBI from political influence. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:14:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 49890 at http://nhpr.org FBI Director Comey Looks Ahead To His Next Nine Years Prison Rape Law A Decade Old, But Most States Not In Compliance http://nhpr.org/post/prison-rape-law-decade-old-most-states-not-compliance The clock is ticking on a decade-long effort to prevent sexual violence inside American prisons. In a recent survey, the vast majority of states said they will try to comply with federal rules. But several others, led by Texas, have protested to the Justice Department.<p>Jan Lastocy served 15 months in a Michigan prison for attempted embezzlement — her first brush with the law. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 21:11:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 49846 at http://nhpr.org Prison Rape Law A Decade Old, But Most States Not In Compliance Justice Department Renews Focus On Homegrown Terrorists http://nhpr.org/post/justice-department-renews-focus-homegrown-terrorists The U.S. has devoted billions of dollars to fighting terrorism overseas in the years since the Sept. 11 attacks.<p>The Justice Department is increasingly warning about the danger posed by radicals on American soil, and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wants prosecutors and FBI agents to devote more attention to the threat.<p>Nearly two decades ago, after the Oklahoma City bombing killed 168 people, the Justice Department launched a group to fight domestic terrorism.<p>That group was set to meet on Sept. 11, 2001, but the meeting got canceled and the idea shelved as the U.S. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 09:31:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 49594 at http://nhpr.org House Vote Aims To Derail DOJ Processing Of Clemency Petitions http://nhpr.org/post/house-vote-aims-derail-doj-processing-clemency-petitions The House of Representatives has voted to prohibit the Justice Department from hiring more attorneys to deal with thousands of backlogged clemency petitions in a bid to block one of the Obama administration's top criminal justice priorities.<p>In a vote Thursday evening, House lawmakers blessed the fiscal year 2015 spending bill for the departments of Commerce, Justice and State. Fri, 30 May 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 49465 at http://nhpr.org Criminal Records Keep Creating Obstacles Long After Incarceration http://nhpr.org/post/criminal-records-keep-creating-obstacles-long-after-incarceration Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa block. More than 65 million Americans have some kind of rap sheet. That's more than one in four adults. Criminal records follow people for the rest of their lives, and those black marks can hurt chances for housing and employment. Well today a new report says it's time to start thinking about forgiveness. Thu, 29 May 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 49396 at http://nhpr.org Holder Urges Prosecutors To Back Criminal Justice Changes http://nhpr.org/post/holder-urges-prosecutors-back-criminal-justice-changes Attorney General Eric Holder took his case for overhauling the criminal justice system to an unlikely location on Wednesday — a closed-door conference of prosecutors, who were meeting at their national training center in Columbia, South Carolina.<br /> <br /> According to a person familiar with Holder's unpublicized remarks, Holder urged an audience of criminal division chiefs from U.S. Attorney's offices to support Smart on Crime initiatives that would reduce some drug sentences and to open up the clemency process to hundreds of inmates with clean records in prison.<br /> Thu, 29 May 2014 00:43:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 49346 at http://nhpr.org A Year On, What's Changed (And What Hasn't) On Drone Oversight http://nhpr.org/post/year-whats-changed-and-what-hasnt-drone-oversight Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The ability to monitor remotely is one hallmark of the post 9/11 world. Another is the ability to kill remotely. It's what the drone has made possible. But now the practice known as targeted killing may become harder to veil in secrecy. NPR's Carrie Johnson reports.<p>CARRIE JOHNSON, BYLINE: One year ago in that speech at the National Defense University, President Obama defended his use of drones as legal and effective. Fri, 23 May 2014 21:47:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 49091 at http://nhpr.org