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Matt Ford

Matt Ford
Matt Ford writes for and produces The Atlantic's Global channel.

The Problem With Electing Prosecutors

The Manhattan district attorney has come under fire for campaign donations he received—one from Harvey Weinstein's lawyer and others from a Trump family attorney.

Public Safety

America's Uneven Crime Spike

Violence in a few major cities drove the national murder rate higher in 2016, according to new FBI statistics.


Federal Court Blocks Trump's Crackdown on Sanctuary Cities

A judge in Illinois temporarily put the initiative on hold while legal proceedings continue.

Public Safety

The Bipartisan Opposition to Sessions's New Civil-Forfeiture Rules

Attorney General Jeff Sessions expanded the controversial police practice on Wednesday by rolling back Obama-era reforms.

Public Safety

A Mental-Health Crisis in Alabama’s Prisons

In a 302-page opinion, a federal judge in Montgomery condemned the dire conditions faced by prisoners with mental illnesses.

Tech & Data

Will the Supreme Court Take Up Cellphone Surveillance?

The U.S. Supreme Court could soon consider whether police can review a cellphone’s whereabouts without a warrant.

Public Safety

Controversial Milwaukee County Sheriff Joins the Trump Administration

As indictments loom over Milwaukee County Jail after a high-profile death in custody, the county’s controversial sheriff, David Clarke, is moving into a role in the Department of Homeland Security.

Public Safety

To Protect and Serve (and Pray)

Alabama could soon create something unprecedented in American legal history: a police department run by a church.

Public Safety

More Judicial Scrutiny for Police Use of Civil Forfeitures

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas recently reiterated his wariness of the controversial police tactic. And a new Justice Department report seems to support his concern.

Public Safety

A ‘Constitutional Crisis’ in Missouri

In a class-action lawsuit filed Thursday, a group of defendants argued the state’s public-defender system is too underfunded and overworked to meet the Sixth Amendment’s standards.


When Your Judge Isn't A Lawyer

In some states, justices of the peace don’t need a law degree to put defendants behind bars.

Public Safety

What's Causing Chicago’s Homicide Spike?

President Trump is vowing to “send in the Feds,” but researchers aren’t convinced they understand the rise, or how to stop it.


Alabama Chief Justice's 'Suspension From Office'

The Alabama Court of the Judiciary effectively ousted Roy Moore for a second time on Friday.


After Cosby, California Changes Its Rape Laws

Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill eliminating the state's statute of limitations for sex-related crimes on Wednesday.


When the Governor Is Your Lawyer

Amid a funding crisis, Missouri’s top public defender appointed Governor Jay Nixon to represent a poor client.


A Blow to Delaware's Death Penalty

The state supreme court ruled the sentencing scheme violated the Sixth Amendment’s right to a jury trial.


U.S. Supreme Court Issues Ruling in Warrantless Blood Test Cases

Obtaining blood tests during DUI arrests is far more intrusiveness than breath tests, justices say.


Affirmative Action Survives at the Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court turned back a conservative challenge to the University of Texas at Austin’s plan to increase student diversity.


Fraud Charges for a New York City Union Boss

Norman Seabrook, longtime president of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association, was arrested Wednesday.