Stories by Silja J.A. Talvi

Silja J.A. Talvi is an investigative journalist, essayist and author of several books and book anthology contributions. Talvi received 18 national and regional journalism awards in the U.S., including a national PASS literary award for "Women Behind Bars: The Crisis of Women in the U.S. Prison System (Seal Press/Perseus 2007). Talvi was forced to flee her home in Jan. 2010 after repeated civil rights violations and police abuse while researching a book on supermaximum prisons, torture in American detention facilities, as well as the existence of secretive prison units in the U.S. She now lives in Finland. subscribe to Silja J.A. Talvi's feed

Posted on: Apr 14, 2016, Source: AlterNet

What should be horrifying to Americans has become old hat—or worse, with Trump as torture’s new cheerleader.

Posted on: Mar 10, 2016, Source: AlterNet

The European Union cuts a shady new deal with Turkey.

Posted on: Sep 7, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Immersed in the the greatest refugee crisis since World War II, the European Union cannot get it together. But ordinary Europeans are doing amazing things.

Posted on: Sep 10, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Peltier is enduring beatings, starvation and failing health behind bars for a crime he did not commit.

Posted on: Mar 17, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Mexican drug cartels have easy access to thousands of American gun dealers just on the other side of the border.

Posted on: Mar 6, 2009, Source: In These Times

This is the right political moment for Obama to enact major progressive reforms in all avenues of the drug war and our justice system.

Posted on: Dec 10, 2008, Source: Santa Fe Reporter

For incarcerated women, there is little justice to be found.

Posted on: Nov 30, 2008, Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Dr. Riki Ott has a special response to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's heavy push for oil drilling in the Arctic.

Posted on: Nov 12, 2008, Source: In These Times

U.S. workers' lives are beginning to look a lot like they did 100 years ago when 14-hour days were the norm.

Posted on: Oct 31, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Californians have chance with the NORA initiative to reject decades of fear mongering and try alternatives to jail for drug abuse.

Posted on: Oct 13, 2008, Source: AlterNet

The U.S.-financed War on Drugs has had savage results in Mexico, and now its president wants to decriminalize pot, cocaine and heroin possession.

Posted on: May 5, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Part II of an investigative report on the unsolved homicide that haunts a Bush nominee for a U.S. District Court seat.

Posted on: May 4, 2008, Source: AlterNet

The unsolved murder of Estelle Richardson in her prison cell haunts the nation's top private prison litigator as he vies for a judgeship.

Posted on: Feb 12, 2008, Source: In These Times

The "war on drugs" has led to an explosion in the female incarceration rate.

Posted on: Feb 1, 2008, Source: Colors Northwest

A justice system reporter explains how she fell in love with a jail-bound man and how their relationship was strained by his prison sentence.

Posted on: Jan 30, 2008, Source: In These Times

The stun-gun-wielding housewife is coming to a suburb near you.

Posted on: Dec 10, 2007, Source: AlterNet

1,200 activists and experts converged on New Orleans for the Drug Policy Alliance conference, where AlterNet won a prize for its drug war coverage.

Posted on: Dec 3, 2007, Source: AlterNet

With 19,000 deaths attributed to staph infections annually, there's cause for serious alarm. So why aren't we talking about our nightmarish prison system, the biggest incubator of them all?

Posted on: Nov 12, 2007, Source: In These Times

A new book on the tragic suicide of investigative reporter Iris Chang reminds us that no one is equipped to bear this world's madness all on our own.

Posted on: Oct 31, 2007, Source: Seal Press

Women in jail can suffer slow and painful deaths for treatable and simple illnesses simply as a result of the horrific state of prison health care.