Carrie Johnson http://wkms.org en Unanimous Vote Could Mean Reduced Penalties For 46,000 Defendants http://wkms.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 20:40:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 42206 at http://wkms.org A Year On, What's Changed (And What Hasn't) On Drone Oversight http://wkms.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 40802 at http://wkms.org Senate Advances Judicial Nominee Who Wrote Drone Strike Policy http://wkms.org/post/senate-advances-judicial-nominee-who-wrote-drone-strike-policy The Senate will consider a judicial nominee who wrote legal advice approving drone strikes against Americans overseas. Critics question executive branch authority to execute citizens without trial. Wed, 21 May 2014 20:10:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 40734 at http://wkms.org 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