Stories by Silja J.A. Talvi

Silja J.A. Talvi is a multiple award-winning investigative journalist and author. She fled the U.S. after becoming the target of police and intelligence agency harassment while researching a book on supermaximum confinement. She has lived in Finland since 2011 and has recently authored a new book on immigrants and refugees. Talvi is the author of Women Behind Bars: The Crisis of Women in the U.S. Prison System (Seal/Perseus 2007). subscribe to Silja J.A. Talvi's feed

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.

Posted on: Jul 30, 2007, Source: In These Times

Once you've been arrested for the harsh anti-marijuana laws on the books, you can be denied everything from food stamps to voting rights to the right to adopt a child.

Posted on: Feb 2, 2007, Source: In These Times

The next generation of "non-lethal" weapons pose human rights threats that their benign title hides.

Posted on: Jan 25, 2007, Source: The Nation

America's culture of locking up its citizens has gone too far -- three percent of Americans are under some form of correctional supervision, and we may finally be at the beginning of a trend toward real criminal justice reform.

Posted on: Nov 17, 2006, Source: In These Times

Long touted as a safer alternative to handguns for law enforcement, tasers are potentially deadly weapons that have a growing history of abuse by police and security guards.

Posted on: Sep 11, 2006, Source: In These Times

In New Mexico, public-private prison hybrids--paid for by the state and run by corporations--are making a few people rich and a lot of people unhappy.

Posted on: Aug 14, 2006, Source: In These Times

American culture is full of narcissists of all shapes and stripes -- George W. Bush, Rush Limbaugh, Paris Hilton and any number of other public figures leap to mind.

Posted on: Mar 24, 2006, Source: In These Times

A new book dissects the emotional and psychological scars of slavery on the African American psyche.

Posted on: Dec 13, 2005, Source: In These Times

A new TV series ignores the reality that cold-hearted women who are out for themselves are only a tiny fraction of those doing time for murder.

Posted on: Sep 11, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The 'war on drugs' has evolved into a war on weed. Billions of dollars spent, tens of thousands incarcerated, and marijuana is still as popular as ever.

Posted on: Aug 7, 2005, Source: Santa Fe Reporter

Even though many critics believe the Patriot Act was a sucker-punch to the Bill of Rights, Congress plans to make many of its provisions permanent.

Posted on: Mar 9, 2005, Source: Santa Fe Reporter

The nation's biggest private prison corporation is forging strong ties with a fundamentalist Christian ministry, blurring the line between church and state and harkening a new turn in corrections toward Christian-based programming.

Posted on: Feb 9, 2005, Source: In These Times

At the American Correctional Association's 2005 Winter Conference, the bottom line is paramount.

Posted on: Oct 6, 2004, Source: AlterNet

The vice presidential debate highlighted the administration's willful ignorance over the demographics of the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Posted on: Aug 16, 2004, Source: In These Times

Prison is the rough new rite of passage for many black men.

Posted on: Jul 8, 2004, Source: Gadflyer

African-American men are now more likely to get a prison record than a college degree.

Posted on: Jun 22, 2004, Source: AlterNet

The rush to privatize water is underway across the world. In the new documentary 'Thirst,' filmmakers Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow set out to explore the consequences.

Posted on: Dec 3, 2003, Source: The Nation

A woman who gave birth to a stillborn child is convicted of murder, setting a dangerous precedent.

Posted on: Nov 11, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Gary Ridgway should have been caught a long time ago. His choice of victims had everything to do with why he wasn't.

Posted on: Sep 17, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Seattle voters pass a marijuana initiative, adding another voice to the growing national chorus saying 'no' to the Drug War.

Posted on: Aug 27, 2003, Source: In These Times

As feminism reshapes itself, increasing numbers of girls and women find themselves exploring their own boundaries.

Posted on: Aug 26, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Mass incarceration is showing itself for the simplistic, short-sighted method of social control that it is.

Posted on: Jun 17, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Fifty years after the most politicized execution of the 20th century, Robert Meeropol carries the torch of dissent. And 2003, he says, is looking more like 1953 every day.

Posted on: Apr 17, 2003, Source: The Nation

The feds want young people to believe smoking marijuana leads to violent behavior, teen pregnancy and terrorism, but the message isn't working.