The Wallkill Journal

Dispatches From Wallkill Correctional Facility. Est. 2018.

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.

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...

The Gift of Gabby

One afternoon in November, 30 inmates of the Wallkill Correctional Facility and their family members assembled for the graduation of the first parenting class, a project of the Osborne Association. Despite the presence of...

Sociology of NYC Mixtape

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

Puppy Power and Human Healing

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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