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. Check to 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.

Voted the best place to raise a family in a 2016 survey, Folsom is the home of historic Folsom State Prison. A few minutes away is Folsom Lake and Folsom Dam, great outdoor locations to boat, swim, hike and picnic, along with the most scenic and demanding bike trails in Northern California. Also, because of Folsom’s central location, it provides residents easy access to both the snow and winter fun of South Lake Tahoe and the cool ocean breeze and big city atmosphere of San Francisco. All of these perks come together making Folsom a great place to live, work, and play!

Lake Tahoe with clear water surrounded by snow cap mountains and trees
Rainbow Bridge with river underneath during sunset


Folsom State Prison A Facility houses medium custody male inmates while Folsom State Prison B Facility also known as the Folsom Women’s houses medium custody female inmates. Folsom State Prison also includes a Minimum Support Facility.


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.

CEO photo. Folsom State Prison since December 2017

Rick Hill has been warden or acting warden at Folsom State Prison (FSP) since December 2017.

He was previously the warden at FSP from December 2009 until December 2013, and was chief deputy warden at FSP in 2009.  He was associate warden of health care services at California State Prison-Sacramento (CSP-SAC) from 2006-2009. He also served in many capacities at CSP-SAC from 1993-2009, including facility captain, correctional captain, correctional lieutenant and as the Commander of the Special Emergency Response Team.

From 1989 to 1993, Hill was a correctional sergeant at FSP and, from 1984 to 1985, correctional officer at Deuel Vocational Institution and Folsom State Prison.

Karen Brown, FSP-CEO

Karen Brown was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Health Care Services at Folsom State Prison / Folsom Women’s Facility in August 2020. Prior to her transfer to Folsom State Prison, She was CEO at Kern Valley State Prison and Sierra Conservation Center.

Ms. Brown has more than 20 years of progressive management experience in the public and private sectors and joined CCHCS in 2008.  Prior to her appointment as CEO in 2015, she held several positions with California Correctional Health Care Services, including correctional health services administrator, chief support executive, and acting CEO.

She holds a Bachelor of Science from California State University at Pomona, and a Master of Arts in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix, Sacramento. She is a Certified Correctional Health Care Professional with the National Commission on Correctional Health Care, and a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt – Healthcare from Villanova University.

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.