The Wallkill Journal

Dispatches From Wallkill Correctional Facility. Est. 2018.

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...

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.

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Sociology of NYC Mixtape

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

Meet NYU PEP Grad, Rakeem Golson

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

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...

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...

Puppy Power and Human Healing

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

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...