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October 12, 2013 | By Robert Hilburn
Johnny Cash's life in the 1960s is mostly remembered as a time of glorious achievement - from the landmark prison albums at Folsom and San Quentin to the launch of the ABC-TV series featuring such guests as Bob Dylan and the Doors that led to his becoming a giant figure in popular culture, a symbol to millions, no less, of the best of American social values. But Cash also experienced excruciatingly dark times in the decade, fueled by drugs and guilt over the breakup of his marriage.
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October 12, 2013 | By Robert Hilburn
Johnny Cash's life in the 1960s is mostly remembered as a time of glorious achievement - from the landmark prison albums at Folsom and San Quentin to the launch of the ABC-TV series featuring such guests as Bob Dylan and the Doors that led to his becoming a giant figure in popular culture, a symbol to millions, no less, of the best of American social values. But Cash also experienced excruciatingly dark times in the decade, fueled by drugs and guilt over the breakup of his marriage.
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October 19, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
The Department of Corrections announced Friday that Robert Borg, superintendent of the California Rehabilitation Center at Norco, has been named acting warden of Folsom Prison. Warden Joe Campoy is on sick leave and is applying for a disability retirement. Borg, 47, will take over on Monday. Meanwhile, a prisoner was stabbed twice in the exercise yard at Folsom on Friday, a prison spokesman said. He was the 173rd stabbing victim at the strife-ridden facility.
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July 9, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
OK, excuse me while I see how much sympathy I can work up for the inmates in California's prisons. Umm, yep, sorry -- not really feeling the love, guys. As you know, 30,000 or so unfairly incarcerated choirboys at several state prisons, including Pelican Bay and Folsom, began refusing to eat their meals Monday. They have a number of complaints ; at Pelican Bay, those mostly revolve around, as The Times' Paige St. John reported, “conditions in solitary confinement, where inmates may be held indefinitely without access to phone calls or rehabilitation programs, or outdoor exercise beyond a concrete pen.” But wait, there's more!
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May 8, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Folsom prison remained locked down but peaceful Sunday following a 10-hour hostage standoff a day earlier that ended with the release of a female guard, authorities said. Officer Sheila Mitchell, a nine-year veteran, was taken at knifepoint in the dining room of California State Prison, Sacramento by inmate Michael David Watson. He surrendered after lengthy talks with trained negotiators and members of his family. No one was injured. J.P.
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September 28, 1989 | From Times wire services
A federal judge today ordered former Black Panther Elmer (Geronimo) Pratt out of Folsom Prison for his own safety and accused state prison officials of retaliatory action in moving him to the facility. Pratt, 41, challenged his hasty transfer out of San Quentin Prison to Folsom Sept. 12, contending he feared for his life from Folsom guards. Pratt made it clear he was even willing to go back to solitary confinement at San Quentin rather than face possible harm at Folsom. U.S.
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December 4, 1999 | From Associated Press
More than 60 inmates at New Folsom Prison have refused to eat prison food since Nov. 21 to protest a yearlong lock-down of a group of Latino prisoners from Northern California. Two representatives of Department of Corrections Director Cal Terhune met with some of the inmates Thursday. They discussed the protesters' 14 demands, which include a return to normal prison work and educational programs, access to the exercise yard, regular showers and contact visits with their families.
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March 12, 1986 | CARL INGRAM, Times Staff Writer
Management problems in operating violence-plagued Folsom Prison, ranging from employees eating food intended for inmates to apparently illegal dispensing of dangerous drugs, are costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, the Legislature was told Tuesday. Concluding an extensive investigation of the 105-year-old maximum security lockup, state Auditor Gen. Thomas W. Hayes found that the administrative problems at Folsom "are wide-ranging but correctable."
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February 7, 2004 | Jenifer Warren and Carl Ingram, Times Staff Writers
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asked the U.S. attorney here Friday to investigate allegations that officials at Folsom State Prison orchestrated a riot two years ago and then conspired to cover it up. Facing a wave of troubles in all corners of California's far-flung penal system -- the nation's largest -- he moved on several other fronts as well.
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September 10, 2000 | DON THOMPSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS
"STOP: No visitors beyond this point," warns the sign overlooking the hand-hewn gray granite walls, vaulted gate and peaked Gothic guard tower of Folsom State Prison. It's an intimidating view of the lockup where nearly 100 men were hanged and guards and inmates died in spectacular escape attempts that included a runaway railroad engine and a homemade diving suit.
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May 8, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Folsom prison remained locked down but peaceful Sunday following a 10-hour hostage standoff a day earlier that ended with the release of a female guard, authorities said. Officer Sheila Mitchell, a nine-year veteran, was taken at knifepoint in the dining room of California State Prison, Sacramento by inmate Michael David Watson. He surrendered after lengthy talks with trained negotiators and members of his family. No one was injured. J.P.
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May 7, 2006 | Jenifer Warren and Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writers
A Folsom prison inmate with a homemade knife took a female guard hostage Saturday, releasing her unharmed 10 hours later after lengthy talks with trained negotiators and members of his family. Corrections authorities ordered a daylong lockdown of the state's 33 prisons while a team of crisis negotiators worked to free Officer Sheila Mitchell, 45, a nine-year veteran. Inmate Michael David Watson, 41, wielding a 6-inch knife, took Mitchell from her dining room post about 7 a.m.
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January 5, 2006 | From Associated Press
Joaquin Phoenix, whose portrayal of Johnny Cash in "Walk the Line" has made him an early Oscar front-runner, returned this week to the scene of one of the musician's most famous concerts: Folsom State Prison. Cash's Jan. 13, 1968, performance in a prison yard cemented his image as working-class hero and became a popular album.
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February 7, 2004 | Jenifer Warren and Carl Ingram, Times Staff Writers
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asked the U.S. attorney here Friday to investigate allegations that officials at Folsom State Prison orchestrated a riot two years ago and then conspired to cover it up. Facing a wave of troubles in all corners of California's far-flung penal system -- the nation's largest -- he moved on several other fronts as well.
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May 8, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Inspired by the MTV prank show "Jackass," two Loomis teenagers recently pulled a stunt that prompted authorities to launch a manhunt and lock down Folsom Prison. On April 27, one of the teenagers put on an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs and ran along a rural road while his friend videotaped him. But the prank backfired when citizens chased the boy and law enforcement agencies sent out patrol cars, tracking dogs and a helicopter to look for him.
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September 10, 2000 | DON THOMPSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS
"STOP: No visitors beyond this point," warns the sign overlooking the hand-hewn gray granite walls, vaulted gate and peaked Gothic guard tower of Folsom State Prison. It's an intimidating view of the lockup where nearly 100 men were hanged and guards and inmates died in spectacular escape attempts that included a runaway railroad engine and a homemade diving suit.
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May 8, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Inspired by the MTV prank show "Jackass," two Loomis teenagers recently pulled a stunt that prompted authorities to launch a manhunt and lock down Folsom Prison. On April 27, one of the teenagers put on an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs and ran along a rural road while his friend videotaped him. But the prank backfired when citizens chased the boy and law enforcement agencies sent out patrol cars, tracking dogs and a helicopter to look for him.
NEWS
January 12, 1988
A tuberculosis outbreak at Folsom Prison has forced state health officials to isolate at least eight inmates and two employees and order TB tests for all staff and prisoners, authorities said. A spokeswoman for the state Department of Health Services said the first case was diagnosed in June, and prison-wide screening tests started in early December.
NEWS
December 4, 1999 | From Associated Press
More than 60 inmates at New Folsom Prison have refused to eat prison food since Nov. 21 to protest a yearlong lock-down of a group of Latino prisoners from Northern California. Two representatives of Department of Corrections Director Cal Terhune met with some of the inmates Thursday. They discussed the protesters' 14 demands, which include a return to normal prison work and educational programs, access to the exercise yard, regular showers and contact visits with their families.
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September 27, 1997 | JOHN ROOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Funk singer-songwriter Rick James has made more headlines than music in the 1990s. The troubled musician's problems with drugs and the law culminated three years ago with an assault conviction and a two-year sentence at Folsom State Prison. Since his release about a year ago, the 47-year-old James has tried to resurrect his dormant career, via a new album, "Urban Rhapsody" (Private I/Mercury), and a 23-city U.S. tour that kicked off Thursday night at the Galaxy Concert Theatre.
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