Washington Square News

Washington Square News

Washington Square News

Prison Blues

Prison Blues

Maintaining your style while incarcerated.
Keith Golden, Contributing Writer October 1, 2018
Maintaining your style while incarcerated.
Big Tree in the Kitchen

Big Tree in the Kitchen

Wayne Mosley, Contributing Writer October 1, 2018
Big Tree, a 6' 8" 300 pound man who learned how to cook from his grandma, is Wallkill Correctional Facility's best chef.
Out of the Box: Meeting My Mentor

Out of the Box: Meeting My Mentor

Rakeem Golson, Contributing Writer April 30, 2018

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...

Family Reunion Program Offers a Pause in Prison Life

Family Reunion Program Offers a Pause in Prison Life

Keith Golden, Contributing Writer April 30, 2018

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...

The Gift of Gabby

The Gift of Gabby

Shawn Pettaway, Contributing Writer April 30, 2018

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...

The Wallkill Journal: April 30

The Wallkill Journal: April 30

April 30, 2018

Dispatches From Wallkill Correctional Facility. Est. 2018. Welcome to The Wallkill Journal! This blog and the accompanying special section of the Washington Square News...

Meet the Swag Gods

Meet the Swag Gods

Shaquan Hinds, Contributing Writer April 30, 2018

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...

Tears of a Father: The Story of Keith Foxworth

Tears of a Father: The Story of Keith Foxworth

Gregory Headley, Contributing Writer April 30, 2018

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...

Temptations Is Lit: A Night in Brooklyn

Temptations Is Lit: A Night in Brooklyn

Keith Golden, Contributing Writer April 30, 2018

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...

When Prison Beats Life Outside

When Prison Beats Life Outside

Gregory Headley, Contributing Writer April 30, 2018

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.”...

Love Advice From The Heart Healer of Wallkill

Love Advice From The Heart Healer of Wallkill

Jermaine Haywood, Contributing Writer April 30, 2018

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...

Just Breathe

Just Breathe

Gregory Headley, Contributing Writer April 30, 2018

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...