Carrie Johnson http://wkms.org en Justice's 'Peacemaker' Unit Focuses On Transgender Rights http://wkms.org/post/justices-peacemaker-unit-focuses-transgender-rights A groundbreaking survey reports that <a href="http://transequality.org/PDFs/Executive_Summary.pdf" target="_blank">nearly 2 out of 3 transgender people</a> say they've been victims of physical assault. Most of those crimes are never reported to police. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 39939 at http://wkms.org Justice's 'Peacemaker' Unit Focuses On Transgender Rights Senate Democrats Defect On Obama Civil Rights Nominee http://wkms.org/post/senate-rejects-obama-nominee-key-civil-rights-post In a stinging blow to the Obama administration, seven Senate Democrats joined with Republicans Wednesday to block one of the president's key civil rights nominees.<p>The 47 to 52 vote marked the first defeat of a Democratic nominee since lawmakers changed Senate rules to make it easier to push through judges and executive branch candidates. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:35:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 39072 at http://wkms.org Senate Democrats Defect On Obama Civil Rights Nominee Before Lawmakers, Former Inmates Tell Their Stories http://wkms.org/post/lawmakers-former-inmates-tell-their-stories Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>Some members of Congress are calling for a more humane prison system. They're proposing a ban on solitary confinement for certain prisoners - among them, juveniles, pregnant women, and the mentally ill. Here's Illinois Democratic Senator Richard Durbin at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today.<p>SENATOR RICHARD DURBIN: By reforming our solitary confinement practices, the United States can protect human rights, improve public safety, and be physically responsible. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 38909 at http://wkms.org New York Backs Off Controversial Punishment For Juveniles http://wkms.org/post/new-york-backs-controversial-punishment-juveniles Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The state of New York is taking a step toward a more humane prison system. Prison officials reached a landmark agreement today to limit the use of solitary confinement. The deal prohibits the use of extreme isolation to discipline under-age prisoners. It also offers new protections for pregnant women and for the disabled.<p>With us to talk about the deal is NPR's Carrie Johnson. Hi.<p>CARRIE JOHNSON, BYLINE: Hi, Robert.<p>SIEGEL: New York is now the largest prison system in the U.S. to take some of these steps. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 38819 at http://wkms.org In Security Cases, Feds No Longer Get Benefit Of The Doubt http://wkms.org/post/security-cases-feds-no-longer-get-benefit-doubt Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. Good morning. We have been hearing for months about how disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden have shaken the intelligence community and spurred Congress to try to impose new limits on surveillance. In recent weeks, after-shocks from those leaks have been rippling through the courts as well. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 10:39:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 38659 at http://wkms.org Obama Tries Going It Alone — And Moves Onto Murky Legal Ground http://wkms.org/post/obama-tries-going-it-alone-and-moves-murky-legal-ground Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>President Obama's plan to bypass roadblocks in Congress and govern through executive order isn't going over well on Capitol Hill. Republican lawmakers are demanding to see the legal justification for some of the president's decisions on healthcare and the minimum wage. NPR's Carrie Johnson has that story.<p>CARRIE JOHNSON, BYLINE: Ultimately, this may all be about the White House but the proximate target of Republican ire is the U.S. Justice Department, as Attorney General Eric Holder and his deputy learned when they made recent appearances in Congress. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 21:50:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 38564 at http://wkms.org 5 Takeaways From The President's NSA Speech http://wkms.org/post/5-takeaways-presidents-nsa-speech What does it mean when lawmakers as different as Colorado Democratic Senator Mark Udall and New York Republican Rep. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 23:20:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 38126 at http://wkms.org 5 Takeaways From The President's NSA Speech Record Could Hinder Confirmation Of Civil Rights Nominee http://wkms.org/post/record-could-hinder-confirmation-civil-rights-nominee Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>In other Senate business, the Judiciary Committee today considers President Obama's nominee to lead the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department. That nomination could not have come at a more challenging time. Last year, the Supreme Court overturned a key part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.<p>Now, government lawyers are trying to find another way to protect minorities at the ballot box. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 10:28:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 37874 at http://wkms.org Push For Release Of CIA Interrogation Report Continues http://wkms.org/post/push-release-cia-interrogation-report-continues For more than a year, the Senate Intelligence Committee and the CIA have been engaged in a tug of war over the release of the so-called torture report.<p>Chairman Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California, says the $40 million, 6,000-page report demonstrates that CIA treatment of detainees was all but useless in terms of gathering actionable intelligence.<p>For its part, the CIA says the classified committee report contains significant errors and that no one at the agency was interviewed by Senate investigators.<p>A CIA spokesman points out that in any event, President Obama outlawed waterb Wed, 18 Dec 2013 22:46:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 37453 at http://wkms.org Push For Release Of CIA Interrogation Report Continues Wash. Judge Rules Towns Failed Poor Defendents http://wkms.org/post/wash-judge-rules-towns-failed-poor-defendents Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. A federal court ruled this week on a case that has important implications for the rights of poor defendants. A judge ruled that two cities north of Seattle systematically violated the rights of people facing jail time. The court-appointed attorneys for these defendants spent less than an hour on each of their cases. The dispute has attracted national attention because hundreds of other public defender systems operate the same way. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 23:17:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 37123 at http://wkms.org