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The Wallkill Journal

Dispatches From Wallkill Correctional Facility. Est. 2018.

(Graphic by Priya Tharwala)

Unseen Wounds

"We spoke about serving in the military, the similarity between the army and incarceration, and grappling with unseen wounds."
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,...

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

Financial Independence at 25 Cents an Hour

A profile of John Harnage, an inmate at Wallkill Correctional Facility who's providing financial education to the incarcerated.
Omar Padilla Nov 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,...

Illustration by Deborah Alalade and Sophia Di Iorio.

Jumping the Broom: Finding Love in Prison

A student enrolled in NYU's Prison Education Program reflects on how incarcerated individuals find love in prison.
Oct 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...

(Graphic by Priya Tharwala)

Let It Unfold

Aunray Stanford Apr 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...

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

Two inmates at the Wallkill Correctional Facility share their aspirations in the fashion industry.
Rayvon Gordon Mar 25, 2019

                    Late on a Friday night, a pair of independent fashion designers sat...

The Rise and Fall and Rise of Defy

When a beloved entrepreneurship program stumbled, incarcerated participants rallied to keep it alive.
Rayvon Gordon and Darion Alls Dec 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...

Illustration by Sophia Di Iorio

Puppy Power and Human Healing

Puppies Behind Bars provides training to prison inmates while preparing pups to become service animals.
Joseph Beer, Contributing Writer Nov 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...

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

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.
Sam Klein, Managing Editor Oct 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,”...

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

Jermaine’s Journey

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

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

Meet NYU PEP Grad, Rakeem Golson

Rakeem Golson was one of two students to graduate from NYU's Prison Education Program yesterday.
Aunray Stanford, Contributing Writer Oct 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...

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

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.
Gregory Headley , Staff Writer Oct 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...