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Out of the Box: Meeting My Mentor

Out of the Box: Meeting My Mentor

By Rakeem Golson, Contributing Writer

April 30, 2018


Filed under Features, The Wallkill Journal

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 stressed to my maximum capacity, brewing in negative emotions. Day by day, I could feel myself becoming increasin...

Family Reunion Program Offers a Pause in Prison Life

Family Reunion Program Offers a Pause in Prison Life

By Keith Golden, Contributing Writer

April 30, 2018


Filed under Features, The Wallkill Journal

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 could imagine the feeling. His destination was a trailer site at Shawangunk Correctional Facility, another ...

The Gift of Gabby

The Gift of Gabby

By Shawn Pettaway, Contributing Writer

April 30, 2018


Filed under Features, The Wallkill Journal

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 their loved ones, the facility’s superintendent and the Osborne program mana...

The Wallkill Journal: April 30

The Wallkill Journal: April 30

April 30, 2018


Filed under The Wallkill Journal, Top Stories, Top Story, Uncategorized

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 Facility, in collaboration with the NYU Pris...

Meet the Swag Gods

Meet the Swag Gods

By Shaquan Hinds, Contributing Writer

April 30, 2018


Filed under Features, The Wallkill Journal

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 of different flavors of Muslim oils, the favored substitute for cologne around these parts. The yard at Wallkill Co...

Tears of a Father: The Story of Keith Foxworth

Tears of a Father: The Story of Keith Foxworth

By Gregory Headley, Contributing Writer

April 30, 2018


Filed under Features, The Wallkill Journal

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 before his eyes — bringing darkness to what should have been a beautiful day. “I saw the smoke c...

Temptations Is Lit: A Night in Brooklyn

Temptations Is Lit: A Night in Brooklyn

By Keith Golden, Contributing Writer

April 30, 2018


Filed under Features, The Wallkill Journal

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 TV when Ron-g called. It was around 11 p.m. on a Friday night. Still early. He arrived about 20 minutes later. I rolled up...

When Prison Beats Life Outside

When Prison Beats Life Outside

By Gregory Headley, Contributing Writer

April 30, 2018


Filed under Features, The Wallkill Journal, Uncategorized

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 inmates convicted of violent felony offenses to shave up to six months from their sentences for good behav...

Love Advice From The Heart Healer of Wallkill

Love Advice From The Heart Healer of Wallkill

By Jermaine Haywood, Contributing Writer

April 30, 2018


Filed under Features, The Wallkill Journal

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 long-term relationship and eager to share his hardwon relationship wisdom. As a result, he’s won a devoted following ...

Just Breathe

Just Breathe

By Gregory Headley, Contributing Writer

April 30, 2018


Filed under Features, The Wallkill Journal

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 standing in the warrior pose. “I am safe. I am happy. I am healthy,” they would say. “May ...

NYU PEP Deserves Expansion

NYU PEP Deserves Expansion

By WSN Editorial Staff

October 16, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

NYU PEP is an excellent example of the NYU administration living up to the values they preach