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Fallen Women - Santa Fe Reporter article by Silja Talvi

Fallen Women

For incarcerated women, there is little justice to be found

By Silja JA Talvi

Three years ago, I journeyed back to Santa Fe to return to a city where I had once lived—and that always seemed to call me back.

I headed out from Seattle with a snowboard ...

The Prison and the Gallows: The Politics of Mass Incarceration in America, By Marie Gottschalk, Cambridge University Press, 451 pp.

Book review by Silja J.A. Talvi

It should no longer be a matter of any debate that the American trajectory toward mass incarceration is the result of an approach toward social control that relies, almost exclusively, on the callous warehousing of our most vulnerable citizens.

Our nation is hardly unique ...

Deadly Staph Infection 'Superbug' Has a Dangerous Foothold in U.S. Jails

by Silja J.A. Talvi

Dr. Jeff Duchin, the communicable diseases chief for Seattle/King County Department of Public Health holds his soap-lathered hands in an attention-grabbing newspaper cover photo. Above his dignified image is a highly magnified picture of fuzzy bacterium. The bacterium doesn?t appear to be particularly frightening, but it ...

Meet Gus Puryear: Bush's Latest Villainous Nominee for a Lifetime Judgeship

This exclusive article was first published on Alternet, at: and

By Silja J.A. Talvi, AlterNet

Posted on May 5, 2008, Printed on May 7, 2008

Editor's Note: In 2004, Estelle Richardson's lifeless and battered body was found on the floor of a Corrections Corp. of America prison cell. ...

No Room in Prison? Ship Em Off Prisoners have become unwitting pawns in a lowest-bidder- gets-the-convict shuffle game

No Room in Prison? Ship Em Off Prisoners have become unwitting pawns in a lowest-bidder-
gets-the-convict shuffle game

by Silja J.A. Talvi

It has been an arduous, surreal journey for eight Hawaiian female prisoners sent to do their time
on the mainland.

The plight of this group of women housed, ...

Inside the American Correctional Association

by Silja J.A. Talvi

[Ed. note: Prison Legal News goes undercover at the American Correctional Association's 2005 winter conference in Phoenix, Arizona. It's just business," as one prison medical administrator puts it. And what a surreal business it is.]

There is no doubt that good work is done at the ...

Are Prisons Obsolete?

by Angela Y. Davis

Open Media/Seven Stories Press, 127 pp. $8.95 paperback

Review by Silja Talvi

"On the whole people tend to take prisons for granted," Angela Y. Davis.

But are we, as a society, willing to face the reality of what goes on inside? And are we willing to ...

Book Review: Inner Lives: Voices of African American Women in Prison

by Paula C. Johnson, 339 pp. ,

New York Univiversity Press, 2003, hardcover

Review by Silja J.A. Talvi

Attention to African American women in prison is paid so rarely, and with so little depth, that Paula C. Johnson's Inner Lives stands as an invaluable contribution to the emerging modern genre ...

Invisible Punishment: The Collateral Consequences of Mass Imprisonment

Edited by Marc Mauer and Meda Chesney-Lind, The New Press, 2002, 368 pgs.

Review by Silja J.A. Talvi

Mass imprisonment, according to
criminal justice experts Marc Mauer and Meda Chesney-Lind, is the direct outgrowth of social and legal policies that have, for the past two decades, firmly favored incarceration over ...

God Pod Under Fire

By Silja JA Talvi, Santa Fe Reporter

Prison program sparks lawsuit. Faith-based initiatives are all the rage these days, particularly when hundreds of millions of dollars of federal funding have been available to programs and agencies that tow the religion-and-social-services approach favored by the Bush administration.

When the Freedom From Religion ...