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: 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.