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Silja J.A. Talvi

Talvi’s work has appeared in a wide variety newspapers and magazines nationwide, as well as several book anthologies including Body Outlaws (Seal Press, 2004, 3rd edition), Prison Nation (Rutgers, 2002), as well as an ensuing anthology, Prison Profiteers (The New Press, 2007).

In 2006, Talvi was awarded a national New American Ethnic Media award for immigration-related reporting, as well as her second consecutive national

  • Jails and Prisons January 5, 2007

    Incarceration Nation

    America now leads the world in the number of people behind bars. But hope is emerging that state governments and the courts will seek to hold back the hand of the carceral state.

    Silja J.A. Talvi

  • Racism and Discrimination March 22, 2006

    Erasing Whiteness

    If women expect to shed the cruel and calculating artifice of race in our lifetimes, we must contribute to the emerging generation of literature that deconstructs racial categories.

    Silja J.A. Talvi

  • Drug War and Drug Policy December 3, 2003

    Criminalizing Motherhood

    More than 275 women have faced charges relating to drug use during their pregnancies.

    Silja J.A. Talvi

  • The Public Is the Enemy

    On March 22, a few hundred peaceful antiwar protesters in Seattle who had gathered around the Federal Building suddenly found themselves being swept down streets by officers in riot gear and th

    Silja J.A. Talvi

  • Drug War and Drug Policy December 24, 2002

    The Other War

    Mattie White remembers July 23, 1999, as the day her life was turned upside down.

    Silja J.A. Talvi

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  • Jails and Prisons September 9, 2002

    Prison’s Shameful Secret

    Roderick Johnson, a 33-year-old African-American Navy veteran from a small town in rural Texas, didn't ask for it. Prison did it to him, and his life will never be the same.

    Silja J.A. Talvi