The Wallkill Journal

Dispatches From Wallkill Correctional Facility. Est. 2018.

Big Tree in the Kitchen

It’s 5:35 p.m. on a Friday evening when Big Tree walks into the kitchen. Immediately, all eyes focus on him. Big Tree is 52 years old, about 6’8” and weighs about 300 pounds. He...

Out of the Box: Meeting My Mentor

In 2012, I was a resident in a maximum-security correctional facility in upstate New York. My home was known as “the box,” the area for the most difficult inmates. At that time, I was...

Family Reunion Program Offers a Pause in Prison Life

On April 7, Miles Lewis walked out the gates of Wallkill Correctional Facility, the medium-security prison where he’d resided for more than a year. He wasn’t a free man, but for a weekend, he...

The Gift of Gabby

One afternoon in November, 30 inmates of the Wallkill Correctional Facility and their family members assembled for the graduation of the first parenting class, a project of the Osborne Association. Despite the presence of...

The Wallkill Journal: April 30

Dispatches From Wallkill Correctional Facility. Est. 2018. Welcome to The Wallkill Journal! This blog and the accompanying special section of the Washington Square News was created and published by individuals incarcerated at the Wallkill Correctional...

Meet the Swag Gods

Smoke fills the air like the exhaust of a Shelby GT. Black and Mild’s, Newports and rolling tobacco is being sparked in almost every direction. Amid all the smoke, one can smell a variety...

Tears of a Father: The Story of Keith Foxworth

It was approximately 2:36 p.m. on a sunny April day in 2017 when Zedias Mudzimba, a 56-year-old plumber, drove past a two-story house in Queens Village and witnessed a destructive force coming to life...

Temptations Is Lit: A Night in Brooklyn

It was going to be a chill night. Just me and Chocolate, a bottle of Hennessy and some of the loudest, purplest Kush available. She and I we were smoking, drinking and watching some...

When Prison Beats Life Outside

In less than four months, I will have served three years and three months of my latest sentence and will be eligible for what is called the “Limited Time Credit Available.” This program allows...

Love Advice From The Heart Healer of Wallkill

Standing at six feet two inches, dark skinned, donning a low-cut with a wave, Bernard Brown is what he called “a heart healer.” Having loved and lost and loved again, he is in a...

Just Breathe

On a Tuesday in early March, 11 men dressed in T-shirts and sweatpants or shorts assembled in the gymnasium of the Wallkill Correctional Facility. It was 8:55 a.m. Another five minutes and they’d be...
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