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).