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Carrie Johnson 2010
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Carrie Johnson

Justice Correspondent

Carrie Johnson is a Justice Correspondent for the Washington Desk.

She covers a wide variety of stories about justice issues, law enforcement and legal affairs for NPR's flagship programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as the Newscasts and

While in this role, Johnson has chronicled major challenges to the landmark voting rights law, a botched law enforcement operation targeting gun traffickers along the Southwest border, and the Obama administration's deadly drone program for suspected terrorists overseas.

Prior to coming to NPR in 2010, Johnson worked at the Washington Post for 10 years, where she closely observed the FBI, the Justice Department and criminal trials of the former leaders of Enron, HealthSouth and Tyco. Earlier in her career, she wrote about courts for the weekly publication Legal Times.

Outside of her role at NPR, Johnson regularly moderates or appears on legal panels for the American Bar Association, the American Constitution Society, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and others. She's talked about her work on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, PBS, and other outlets.

Her work has been honored with awards from the Society for Professional Journalists and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. She has been a finalist for the Loeb award for financial journalism and for the Pulitzer Prize in breaking news for team coverage of the massacre at Fort Hood, Texas.

Johnson is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Benedictine University in Illinois.

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"As far as I know ... there is no problem of over-incarceration for rich, white financial or environmental executives," defense lawyer Jeffrey Robinson of the American Civil Liberties Union said. Aleksandar Dancu/iStock hide caption

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"At some point, chiefs have got to say, 'I know this might be your inclination ... but there are a lot of other solutions rather than just laying back." Gary, Ind. Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said of the idea that police may be holding back after scrutiny. M. Spencer Green/AP hide caption

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El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in Oklahoma. Thousands of prisoners nationally were just released as a result of changes to sentencing guidelines for drug-related crimes. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Dana Bowerman's family and best friend joined her to celebrate her release with sparkling grape juice Monday: Bowerman's mother, Rose West (from left); Bowerman, sister Paula Bailey, friend Michelle Elliott, stepfather Dwayne West. Syeda Hasan for NPR hide caption

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The prison yard at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Okla., is seen during a visit by President Obama in July. Obama has advocated for prison reform during his time in office. Thousands of inmates are being released as the result of some changes in federal sentencing guidelines. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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