It is one of 35 adult institutions operated by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Opened in , Folsom is the state's second-oldest prison, after San Quentin , and the first in the United States to have electricity. Musician Johnny Cash put on two live performances at the prison on January 13, These were recorded and released as a live album titled At Folsom Prison. The dam was replaced in by the Folsom Dam. The facility includes five housing units within the secure perimeter, including the original two-tiered structure. Unit 1 is the most populous cellblock in the United States, with a capacity of nearly 1, inmates on four five-tiered sections.
After his song " Folsom Prison Blues ", Cash had been interested in recording a performance at a prison. His idea was put on hold until , when personnel changes at Columbia Records put Bob Johnston in charge of producing Cash's material. Cash had recently controlled his drug abuse problems, and was looking to turn his career around after several years of limited commercial success. The album consists of fifteen tracks from the first show and two tracks from the second. Despite little initial investment by Columbia, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison was a hit in the United States, reaching number one on the country charts and the top 15 of the national album chart. The album was rereleased with additional tracks in , a three-disc set in , and a five LP box set with bonus rehearsals in for Record Store Day.
Learn about contacting, visiting, and corresponding with inmates and juveniles who are in our institutions. See which programs are offered at this institution. 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 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. All of these perks come together making Folsom a great place to live, work, and play! Additionally, Folsom houses Minimum Security Level I male inmates within a minimum security facility located just outside of the main security perimeter. Twenty years later, in , construction began on one of the nations first maximum-security prisons. On July 26, , Folsom received its first 44 inmates.
Johnny Cash's visit to Folsom Prison yielded one of country music's most celebrated live albums. The concert and its star bore into the international imagination and for various reasons never left it. More surprising, perhaps, is that the Folsom concerts Cash did two that day was more than an act of compassion for the inmates, but also a ploy to coax from Cash another album when his drug use had stymied his record production. What further secrets does the Folsom story hold? The years to come may tell. He came in and would start writing songs.