The Wallkill Journal

Dispatches From Wallkill Correctional Facility. Est. 2018.

Two Incarcerated Men Prepare for Careers in Fashion

                    Late on a Friday night, a pair of independent fashion designers sat down to swap notes in a highly unlikely setting, the Wallkill Correctional Facility, where both of them reside. Gary Robinson, aka Giz,...

Sociology of NYC Mixtape

Students enrolled in NYU’s Prison Education Program at Wallkill Correctional Facility put together the ultimate New York City mixtape.

The Rise and Fall and Rise of Defy

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...

Puppy Power and Human Healing

Puppies Behind Bars provides training to prison inmates while preparing pups to become service animals.

Behind Bars, Three Men Graduate With Their NYU Degrees

Jermaine Haywood, Rakeem Golson and Isaac Ray graduated from NYU’s Prison Education Program on Monday.

Jermaine’s Journey

"Out of 24 people who were in the class, only two passed. I was one of them.”

Meet NYU PEP Grad, Rakeem Golson

Rakeem Golson was one of two students to graduate from NYU's Prison Education Program yesterday.

In Memory of Bruce Mobley

Bruce Mobley, a student in NYU's Prison Education Program, recently passed away. One of his classmates writes a piece about his lasting impact within Wallkill.

Prison Blues

“Ayo, Deuce, I got some new blues for you.” It’s A.D., the housing laundry porter, calling out to me in the dayroom. He is referring to a prison uniform. In particular, a pair of...

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...