Folsom Prison: Further Reading and Resources
Folsom Prison (Images of America Series)
Folsom Prison is California's second-oldest prison, dating back to 1880. In the decades following the Gold Rush, it housed some of the state's most notorious prisoners in stone cells behind solid-metal doors; was the first prison with electric power; and for many years provided labor for various state projects, including construction, fabrication, and printing of license plates. Thrust into the public consciousness in the 1960s by high-profile performances from country music's Johnny Cash, the prison remains a notorious and legendary institution. The variety of offenders housed at Folsom are incarcerated for the gamut of criminal behavior, and the California Department of Corrections has been dedicated to rehabilitation efforts throughout the facility's long history.
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Folsom Prison Museum
The Folsom State Prison Museum is located near the entrance of Folsom State Prison. The museum runs solely through the support of volunteers and contains an abundance of documents and artifacts from throughout the prisons long and colorful history. You can also find out more about the museum at the Folsom Prison Museum Website.