The Wallkill Journal

Dispatches From Wallkill Correctional Facility. Est. 2018.

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.

Financial Independence at 25 Cents an Hour

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...

Jermaine’s Journey

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

Unseen Wounds

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...

Let It Unfold

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, and the...

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...

Jumping the Broom: Finding Love in Prison

*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 grown...

Sociology of NYC Mixtape

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

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,...

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...

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...
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