Folsom State Prison Information
One of America's first maximum security prisons, Folsom State Prison has been operating for the past 139 years, gaining precedence during the California Gold Rush. As of 2013, the Folsom State Prison started a women's department as well, to house minimum security female offenders. The maximum women in the new department are Hispanics.
The facilities offered by the prison includes five units of housing, two halls for dining, exercise yards, an attached patio, as well as a separate space for non- contact visits, for prisoners on life imprisonment or the death penalty.
Number of Inmates
According to the latest data of March 2019, the inmate population of Folsom State Prison amounts to 2,057 people. The facility can hold up to 2,066 people, so the prison is well under its maximum capacity. Unit 1 of the 5 blocks is the most populated in the United States of America, housing over 1,200 inmates in its four five-story buildings.
Represa, CA- 95671
300 Prison Road.
Mailing for General Purposes: Represa, CA- 95671, PO Box 910
Mailing an Inmate: Represa, CA 95671, PO Box 715071.
Visiting hours are open every weekend, that is Saturday and Sunday. In addition, New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day is also open for visitation by outside people. Depending on the level of the prisoner, different measures are taken for protection when they are visited by a loved one.
(916) 322- 0500
(916) 985- 2561
Folsom State Prison has had Rick Hill as an acting warden since December 2017. He was previously a correctional officer in the prison, from 1984- 1985. In addition to this, he was the chief deputy warden of Folsom State Prison in 2009, and the warden from December 2009 to December 2013.
Management in the Folsom State Prison constitutes over a thousand staff members, including guards, cooks, doctors, and nurses. The management style is strict, tight and controlled, as should be with a prison housing maximum security prisoners. However, except for a few escape attempts and a few violent incidents towards other prisoners, there have not been many reasons for the management to have an extremely strong hold on the inmates of the prison.
The institutional programs in the Folsom State Prison include the following training for inmates:
The inmates have to undergo a variety of technical and construction education related programs, including the following:
- Repairing auto mechanics
- Training in electronics and electrical works
- Maintenance of Buildings
- Training in sustainable and ecological development
- Office services
Academic programs include education in the following:
- Basic education for adults
- A high school or a General Education diploma.
- Learning English as a second language, especially for non- native speakers.
- Literacy programs assisted with AI learning from computers.
Miscellaneous programs at the Folsom State Prison include the following training:
- Basic administration related tasks.
- Learning and making Braille boards.
- Manufacturing California license plates since the 1930s.
- Maintenance related jobs.
- Running a printing plant
- Working in a sign shop.
How to Find an Inmate in Folsom State Prison?
The best, and perhaps the only way to successfully find an inmate in Folsom State Prison is to use the in- house Inmate Locator. However, in order to successfully use it, the individual will have to comply with a set instruction of rules and regulations. In addition, an individual can call the Identification Unit at (916) 445- 6713 and locate an inmate through their full name, date of birth, and CDCR Identification Number.