VIA-"Behind Prison Bars: Folsom --- Where the 'Elite' Meet" - Tim Findley - San Francisco Chronicle

VIA-"Behind Prison Bars: Folsom --- Where the 'Elite' Meet" - Tim Findley - San Francisco Chronicle

by: Tim Findley | publication date: March 2, 1971 | Publication: San Francisco Chronicle | pages: A16

". . .Folsom Prison is a place so notorious it's almost a part of American folklore. The second oldest prison in California, and the epitome of the old "rock pile" concept. Folsom is the most outdated of the State's 12 prisons for men. It has fewer rehabilitation "programs," more armed guards and less planned recreation than any other prison in California. And, The Chronicle found, a lot of convicts think it's the best "joint" in the State. . ."

This article takes a look at the history of California's Folsom prison, the state's oldest. Despite being considered the most outdated corrections facility in California, Chronicle reporter Findley discovered that it is a favorite among the state's inmates, housing a high proportion of repeat offenders who claim to appreciate its straightforward, no-frills attitude. As one inmate put it, "They don't mess with your mind at Folsom. You know where you stand - you just do your own time and you won't have any trouble."

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