Matt Ford

Matt Ford

Matt Ford is an associate editor at The Atlantic, where he covers criminal justice and the courts.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions addresses federal, state, and local law enforcement in Central Islip, New York

Jeff Sessions Reinvigorates the Drug War

The U.S. attorney general is bringing back the harshest sentences for low-level drug offenses, rejecting Obama-era reforms.

New York Representative Charlie Rengel chairs a House committee meeting on narcotics and drug abuse in 1976.

How Black America Inadvertently Helped Build Mass Incarceration

A new book examines how African-American communities contributed to laying the groundwork for a punitive criminal-justice system.

What Will Happen to Americans Who Can't Afford an Attorney?

President Trump’s budget would eliminate the Legal Services Corporation, which helps low-income individuals obtain representation in civil proceedings.

As Protesters Take to the Streets, Republican Legislators Push Back

A wave of bills aimed at curtailing protests and demonstrations has started to make its way through state legislatures across the country.

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.

The Explosions in New York and New Jersey: What We Know So Far

Authorities say Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, is the suspect in both blasts on Saturday.

A New Dictionary Down Under

Australia officially updates its lingo for the first time in nearly three decades.

The Baton Rouge Police Shooting: What We Know

Three officers are dead and three more are injured after a gunman opened fire Sunday morning.

Orlando Nightclub Attack: What We Know

More details are emerging about the man who carried out Sunday’s shooting rampage that killed 49 people.

Feds Put Schools on Notice to Respect Transgender Rights

In a letter sent Friday, federal officials warn local districts not to discriminate against students using restrooms.

DeRay for Mayor?

A high-profile Black Lives Matter activist is taking his fight to the polls, joining the race to become the next leader of Baltimore.

Who Were the Paris Attackers?

French investigators are hunting for an apparent eighth perpetrator as more details about the terrorists become public.

The Latest Reports: Details on the Deadly Paris Attacks

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the coordinated attacks that killed at least 129 people. French President Francois Hollande has vowed a “merciless” response.

Venice's Case for Independence

Europe's latest secessionist movement wants to revive the Most Serene Republic of old.

A Dictator's Guide to Urban Design

Ukraine's Independence Square, and the revolutionary dimensions of public spaces.