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(Graphic by Priya Tharwala)

Unseen Wounds

By Andy Lopez May 14, 2020

Something about F, as I knew him, stood out at Wallkill Correctional Facility. Mostly it was the way he carried himself — with a calm, military bearing. F is about 6 feet tall, 200 pounds, with an athletic...

John Harnage, an inmate at Wallkill Correctional Facility, attends NYU's Prison Education Program graduation on Oct. 29. (Courtesy of NYU Photo Bureau)

Financial Independence at 25 Cents an Hour

By Omar Padilla November 18, 2019

In prison, you don’t meet a lot of subscribers to the Wall Street Journal. When you do, you take notice. John Harnage is one of the few. Harnage has a background in finance, and since being incarcerated...

Illustration by Deborah Alalade and Sophia Di Iorio.

Jumping the Broom: Finding Love in Prison

October 15, 2019

*Some names have been changed.  Life in prison can be exceedingly lonely, especially if you do not have a significant other in your corner to console you when the times get rough. I’ve witnessed...

(Graphic by Priya Tharwala)

Let It Unfold

By Aunray Stanford April 8, 2019

My parents both had formidable reps, established back when Eric B. and Rakim’s “Paid in Full” was the soundtrack to everyone’s life. It was the era of stonewashed jeans and door-knocker earrings,...

A design from Wallkill Correctional Facility inmate Gary Robinson, aka Giz. Giz’s line is called “Michelle Milani,” inspired by former First Lady Michelle Obama.

Two Incarcerated Men Prepare for Careers in Fashion

By Rayvon Gordon March 25, 2019

                    Late on a Friday night, a pair of independent fashion designers sat down to swap notes in a highly...

The Rise and Fall and Rise of Defy

By Rayvon Gordon and Darion Alls December 3, 2018

One early afternoon in May, a crowd of inmates at the Wallkill Correctional Facility in upstate New York took their seats on the bleachers in the prison’s gymnasium for a surprise meeting. The prison...

Illustration by Sophia Di Iorio

Puppy Power and Human Healing

By Joseph Beer, Contributing Writer November 12, 2018

Traffic comes to a standstill in the jam-packed hallway at Wallkill Correctional Facility, and a warm smile spreads across my face as I notice Charlie and Dutch trotting along with their handlers. They...

Jermaine Haywood with his son, Jermaine Jr., after receiving his diploma through NYU's Prison Education Program. (Photo by Sam Klein)

Behind Bars, Three Men Graduate With Their NYU Degrees

By Sam Klein, Managing Editor October 30, 2018

Jermaine Haywood, wearing a violet graduation gown over his state-issued dark green uniform, held back tears as he worked through his commencement speech. “Never stop learning,” Haywood told the...

Jermaine Haywood speaks at his graduation. (Photo by Sam Klein)

Jermaine’s Journey

By Joseph Beer, Contributing Writer October 30, 2018

It is a cool, crisp autumn day; the kind that reminds you winter is right around the corner, that change is on the horizon. Behind the barbed-wire fences of Wallkill Correctional Facility a change has...

Rakeem Golson speaks at his graduation. (Photo by Sam Klein)

Meet NYU PEP Grad, Rakeem Golson

By Aunray Stanford, Contributing Writer October 30, 2018

Rakeem Golson, 28, recently earned his associate’s degree from NYU’s Prison Education Program in a ceremony at Wallkill Correctional Facility, graduating with a 3.92 GPA. He was also an active member...

Bruce Mobley (far right) and two of his classmates in the Prison Education Program.

In Memory of Bruce Mobley

By Gregory Headley , Staff Writer October 15, 2018

On Saturday, Sept. 22, NYU lost one of its newest Prison Education Program members, Bruce Mobley, when he collapsed on the gym floor of the Wallkill Correctional Facility while playing basketball — shortly...