Folsom State Prison (FSP)

Main Phone: (916) 985-2561

Physical Address: 300 Prison Road, Represa, CA 95671 (Directions)

General Mailing: P.O. Box 910, Represa, CA 95671

Inmate Mailing (all facilities): P.O. Box 715071, Represa, CA 95671

  • PIA:  License Plate Factory, Sign Shop, Furniture Shop, Metal Fabrication, Print Shop and Digital Services (Mapping).
  • PIA Modular Building Enterprise and Pre-Apprenticeship Program.
  • Vocational: Masonry, Building Maintenance, Office Services, Welding, (AWS Standards), and Auto Mechanics (ASE Certification).
  • Academic: Adult Basic Education (ABE), General Education Development, (GED), Adult High School (AHS), English as a Second Language.
  • Other Programs Correctional Learning Network (CLN), Community Crews, Self Help Groups (AA/NA), Youth Diversion, Parenting, Fitness For Life, Healthful Living, Parenting, Library, correspondence courses, Military Veteran's Group, and college programs.
  • Alpha Re-Entry Program: Offers life skills that include parenting, celebration of recovery, alcohol, drug and other addictive behaviors, preparing inmates for re-entry into their families and communities.
  • California New Start Prison to Employment Transition Program: A pre-release employment program for eligible inmates. The program consist of a 4 week 70 hour curriculum consisting of: transition planning, job search techniques, job applications, resume writing, interview preparation, financial literacy and One Stop Career Center orientation.

DRP Programs

CDCR's Division of Rehabilitative Programs offers a wide range of programs for inmates. See which programs are offered at this institution.

Family Liaison Service Specialist

CDCR provides through a contract with a community-based organization an on-site Case Manager as a family reunification liaison for inmates and family members, to assist with an inmates pre-release preparation; and conduct Parenting and Creative Conflict Resolution classes for inmates. Please call the Institution to contact the Family Reunification Liaison.

Details

Transitional Treatment Facility
  • Houses inmates and parolees in a stand-alone facility designed to assist offenders with the cessation of habits related to substance abuse,
  • A-Dorm is established as the Transitional Treatment Program (TTP) designed for inmates identified as having potential to successfully complete the 120-day therapeutic, community-based program.  The program focuses on preparing participants for community re-entry and aftercare placement. 
  • B-Dorm is established as the Parolee Substance Abuse Program (PSAP) which is designed for paroles volunteering to participate in this enhanced 90-day education-based treatment program.  The program is intended for parolees who have committed drug/alcohol related parole violations which require a period of confinement.  In lieu of returning to Prison on a violation the parolee can participate in this program.
  • The Folsom Transitional Treatment Facility graduates an average of 40 parolees a month who have successfully completed the Parolee Substance Abuse Program (PSAP).
  • The success of these programs are based on a collaborative effort of Custody Staff, Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO), Division of Addiction and Recovery Services (DARS) and contract personnel from Center Point, the Contra Costa County of Education (CCOE) as well as providers from the community that participate in the aftercare for parolees. 

History

California's second oldest prison, Folsom State Prison (FSP), primarily houses Medium Security General Population Level II and Level III male inmates. Additionally, Folsom houses Minimum Security Level I male inmates within a minimum security facility located just outside of the main security perimeter. Folsom offers Rehabilitative programs, to include academic courses and career technical education, which are provided through Folsom’s Greystone Adult School.

The California Legislature authorized the construction of Folsom State Prison in 1858. Twenty years later, in 1878, construction began on one of the nations first maximum-security prisons. On July 26, 1880, Folsom received its first 44 inmates. The inmates were transferred by boat from San Quentin State Prison to Sacramento and then by train from Sacramento to the prison.

Folsom State Prison's location was selected due to an unlimited amount of native granite stone for building the prison.  Also, the American River offered ample water and formed a natural boundary.  Inmate laborers built the first dam and canal on the American River, which led to the first hydroelectric power generation for the Sacramento area.

Originally designed to hold inmates serving long sentences, habitual criminals, and incorrigibles, Folsom State Prison quickly gained the reputation of being the end of the line.  Prior to the completion of the granite wall in the 1920's, the prison witnessed numerous escape attempts; the first one occurring shortly after the first inmates arrived in 1880. Throughout Folsom's violent and bloody history, numerous riots and escape attempts have resulted in both inmate and staff deaths.

The Folsom Museum is located near the entrance of Folsom Prison. Run solely through the support of volunteers, the museum contains an abundance of documents and artifacts from throughout Folsom's long and colorful history.

Under the administration of FSP, Folsom Women’s Facility (FWF) was activated in January 2013. This 523 bed stand-alone facility provides housing, rehabilitative and reentry programming, substance abuse treatment, and job training to the medium and minimum security female population. FWF is the northern most female facility in the State, allowing female offenders to maintain closer ties to family and relatives in the area.

Folsom State Prison is California's second-oldest prison, and one of the nation's first maximum-security prisons built in the decades following the California Gold Rush. Read more about the prison's interesting past.

Warden Hill

Ron Rackley has been warden or acting warden at Folsom State Prison since 2014.

He was acting warden at the California Health Care Facility from 2012 to 2014 and held several positions at the Deuel Vocational Institution from 1987 to 2012, including warden, chief deputy administrator, correctional administrator, captain, lieutenant, sergeant and officer.

Local Inmate Family Councils (IFC's) are a gathering of family and friends of the incarcerated who meet regularly with Wardens to support visiting since keeping strong family connections with loved ones is a powerful rehabilitative tool. These IFC's promote visiting by clarifying rules and regulations as well as discussing health, education, vocational training, packages, books, and related issues. For more information on connecting with a local IFC, please visit the Statewide IFC website.