Carrie Johnson http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Unanimous Vote Could Mean Reduced Penalties For 46,000 Defendants http://news.stlpublicradio.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 38186 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Small But Steady Downward Trend In U.S. Executions http://news.stlpublicradio.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 37628 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Prison Rape Law A Decade Old, But Most States Not In Compliance http://news.stlpublicradio.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 36800 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Prison Rape Law A Decade Old, But Most States Not In Compliance A Year On, What's Changed (And What Hasn't) On Drone Oversight http://news.stlpublicradio.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 36423 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Justice's 'Peacemaker' Unit Focuses On Transgender Rights http://news.stlpublicradio.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 21:45:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 35356 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Justice's 'Peacemaker' Unit Focuses On Transgender Rights Feinstein: CIA Tampered With Senate Panel's Work http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/feinstein-cia-tampered-senate-panels-work Senator Dianne Feinstein has accused the CIA of interfering with efforts by Congress to oversee the agency. Feinstein said the CIA had removed documents from computers used by her committee's staff. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:12:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 34349 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Senate Democrats Defect On Obama Civil Rights Nominee http://news.stlpublicradio.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 21:29:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 34192 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Senate Democrats Defect On Obama Civil Rights Nominee Before Lawmakers, Former Inmates Tell Their Stories http://news.stlpublicradio.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 33986 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New York Backs Off Controversial Punishment For Juveniles http://news.stlpublicradio.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 23:46:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 33882 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In Security Cases, Feds No Longer Get Benefit Of The Doubt http://news.stlpublicradio.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 10:09:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 33680 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org