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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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July 10, 2013 | Robin Abcarian
About 30,000 California prisoners this week began what could potentially be the biggest prison hunger strike in state history. Out of curiosity, I checked out the petition containing the prisoners' demands. The first signature belongs to Todd Ashker, a convicted killer incarcerated at Pelican Bay. He doesn't sound so bad when you check him out at “ Write a Prisoner ,” the prison pen pal website. Born under the astrological sign of Cancer, he just turned 50, is separated, and in 2008, earned a paralegal degree.
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NEWS
January 10, 2008
Folsom State Prison: An article in Wednesday's California section about the cancellation of a concert at Folsom State Prison commemorating the 40th anniversary of Johnny Cash's performance there should have credited Times staff writer Richard Cromelin instead of Randy Lewis as a contributor.
NEWS
January 10, 2008
Folsom State Prison: An article in Wednesday's California section about the cancellation of a concert at Folsom State Prison commemorating the 40th anniversary of Johnny Cash's performance there should have credited Times staff writer Richard Cromelin instead of Randy Lewis as a contributor.
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November 6, 1989 | From Times staff and wire reports
Allegations of waste and lax security at Folsom State Prison leveled by correctional officers working at the Sacramento-area facility will be investigated, state Sen. Robert Presley (R-Riverside) said. He said the staff of his Joint Committee on Prison Construction and Operations will review Folsom's operations. Guards have complained that inmates are allowed access to ingredients to make an alcoholic home brew.
NEWS
July 19, 1989
Charges that some guards at Folsom State Prison beat prisoners while other correctional officers cheered have led to the firing of a sergeant and the disciplining of a dozen other guards. Prison spokesman Lt. Cammi Voss said the cases have been turned over to the Sacramento County district attorney to determine whether felony assault charges are warranted.
NEWS
June 28, 1985
An inmate serving a 34-year sentence for murder became the year's 123rd stabbing victim at Folsom State Prison in an altercation that authorities tied to persistent racial strife at the maximum-security institution. Larry McGill, 27, convicted of first-degree murder in Los Angeles County, was stabbed in the lower back and lower arm, a prison spokesman said. McGill was reported in good condition at University Medical Center in Sacramento.
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October 16, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
Thirty-eight inmates arrived at the still-uncompleted Southern Maximum Security Complex here on Tuesday, the first top-security prison to be built in California in more than a century. The 38 prisoners were the first of 126 inmates scheduled for immediate transfer to the new facility from the aging, violence-torn prison at Folsom, Department of Corrections officials said. Folsom State Prison, built in 1878, was the last maximum-security institution built in the state.
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January 20, 1994
John Garamendi's reference to prisons as "concrete palaces" (Dec. 29) as well as the statement " . . . when our kids have schools that are as good as prisons" deserves much refinement. As a firsthand point of view, I am sure your readers would like to know that the prison where I am currently incarcerated is a far cry from a concrete palace. I am currently sentenced to 16 months for a computer crime, have no violence on my record, and in no way expected the conditions here at Folsom.
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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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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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May 5, 2004 | Evan Halper, Times Staff Writer
California prison officials on Tuesday defended their decision to declare a state of emergency last month and begin triple-bunking inmates in crowded gyms and dorms, without telling the public or the Legislature. "This is rarely used, but it is standard operating procedure," said Jeanne Woodford, director of the California Department of Corrections. She said an emergency was declared so prison officials could move quickly to solve an unexpected overcrowding problem.
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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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June 17, 2002 | JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The problems besetting California's massive prison system are many and grave: gang violence, overcrowding and rising health-care costs, to name a few. In recent weeks, however, lawmakers have been gnawing on a somewhat lighter topic: What inmates eat. It all started last month at a hearing to confirm Edward S. Alameida as director of the state Department of Corrections. State Sen.
NEWS
July 5, 1998 | MARK ARAX and MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
For seven years, the state of California turned a blind eye to the deadliest prison in America, where 50 inmates were wounded or shot dead by guards. Gov. Pete Wilson and the man who wants to succeed him, Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren, finally launched an examination of Corcoran State Prison that ended last year. The result was a whitewash--a pair of investigations that never probed any of the seven deaths or the other serious shootings, The Times has found.
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January 20, 1994
John Garamendi's reference to prisons as "concrete palaces" (Dec. 29) as well as the statement " . . . when our kids have schools that are as good as prisons" deserves much refinement. As a firsthand point of view, I am sure your readers would like to know that the prison where I am currently incarcerated is a far cry from a concrete palace. I am currently sentenced to 16 months for a computer crime, have no violence on my record, and in no way expected the conditions here at Folsom.
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September 28, 1992 | BLAINE HALLEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
State prison officials want to set up a recycling plant on the grounds of the maximum-security prison that is to open in Lancaster early next year, and local officials are studying whether to send garbage there to be processed. Lancaster officials said they welcomed the proposal by the Prison Industry Authority to have prison inmates receive, sort, recycle and compost waste. The authority oversees state prison work programs, and it would be the second such facility in the state.
NEWS
August 11, 1993 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seven female prison guards, all currently or formerly employed at Folsom State Prison, filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court Tuesday claiming sexual harassment and discrimination at the predominantly male facility.
NEWS
August 11, 1993 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seven female prison guards, all currently or formerly employed at Folsom State Prison, filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court Tuesday claiming sexual harassment and discrimination at the predominantly male facility.
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September 28, 1992 | BLAINE HALLEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
State prison officials want to set up a recycling plant on the grounds of the maximum-security prison that is to open in Lancaster early next year, and local officials are studying whether to send garbage there to be processed. Lancaster officials said they welcomed the proposal by the Prison Industry Authority to have prison inmates receive, sort, recycle and compost waste. The authority oversees state prison work programs, and it would be the second such facility in the state.
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