The Wallkill Journal

Dispatches From Wallkill Correctional Facility. Est. 2018.

Jermaine’s Journey

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

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...

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...

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 NYU PEP Grad, Rakeem Golson

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

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...

Puppy Power and Human Healing

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

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...

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...

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...
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