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CALIgula's FOLSOM PRISON (museum) TOUR

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So i havent really been on the oontz for the past few months because i wanted to take some time off and get some shit done, but im back now ...so i thought i'd contribute to 12oz some pictures from a few months back when me and my homegirl went and visited folsom prison.

 

well actually, it was the folsom prison museum lol.

 

i'll start off with some background info about folsom prison from wikipedia (ive taken out some unimportant info and highlighted interesting shit) :

 

Folsom State Prison is a California State Prison located in the city of Folsom, United States, 20 miles (32 km) north east from the state capital of Sacramento. Opened in 1880, Folsom is the second-oldest prison in the state of California after San Quentin and was the first in the country to have electricity. Folsom was one of the first maximum security prisons, and as such witnessed the execution of 93 condemned prisoners over a 42-year period.

 

 

Facilities

 

Both FSP and California State Prison, Sacramento (SAC) share the mailing address: Represa, CA 95671.

 

 

there are no dormitories within the FSP secure perimeter, and prisoners are housed in one man cells, two to a cell.FSP's population in early 2005 was approximately 3,400.

 

 

 

 

All cells include toilet, sink, bunks and storage space for inmate possessions. There are two dining halls, a large central prison exercise yard, and two smaller exercise yards. The visiting room includes an attached patio as well as space for non-contact visits.

 

History

 

FSP is California's second-oldest prison. Construction of the facility began in 1878 on the site of the Stony Bar mining camp along the American River. The prison officially opened in 1880. Inmates spent most of their time in the dark behind solid boiler plate doors in stone cells measuring 4 feet by 8 feet (1.2 by 2.4 m) with 6 inch (150 mm) eye slots. Air holes were drilled into the cell doors in the 1940s, and the cell doors are still in use today.

 

After the State of California took sole control of the death penalty in 1891, executions were held at Folsom and at San Quentin State Prison. Folsom's last execution was held on December 3, 1937; after that point, all executions occurred at San Quentin.[7]

 

FSP was the first prison in the world to have electric power, which was provided by the first hydroelectric powerhouse in California.

 

Although FSP now houses primarily medium security prisoners, FSP was one of America's first maximum-security prisons; a total of 93 prisoners were hanged at FSP between December 13, 1895, and December 3, 1937.

 

California's vehicle license plates have been manufactured at FSP since the 1930s.

 

Folsom was built to hold 1,800 inmates. In 1968 each prisoner in Folsom lived in his own cell. In 2009 Folsom was overcrowded, having 4,427 inmates.

 

Inmate programs

 

PIA

The PIA program includes administration, a license plate factory where the inmates have been making California license plates since before the 1930s, maintenance, metal fabrication, a sign shop, and a furniture factory

 

Vocational

The Vocational Inmate Program formerly included auto body & fender, auto mechanics, building maintenance, electronics, graphic arts, janitorial, landscape gardening, masonry, mill and cabinet, office services, and welding. Half of these programs have been eliminated due to budget cuts in 2010.

 

Academic

The Academic Inmate Program includes Adult Basic Education, High School/GED, English as a Second Language, a literacy program, Computer Assisted Instruction.

 

Other

Community Service Crews, Youth Diversion Program, Religious Program, Folsom Project for the visually impaired. Arts in Corrections was a very successful program closed due to budget cuts in 2010.

 

Escape attempts

 

Since Folsom was one of the first maximum-security prisons in the US, the inmates were desperate to escape. the first one occurring shortly after the first inmates arrived in the 1880's. Throughout Folsom's violent and bloody history, numerous riots and escape attempts have resulted in both inmate and staff deaths.

 

1920 Prison train attempt

In 1920, three convicts hijacked a prison train that was used to move materials and smashed it through a prison gate to escape. One of the escaped convicts was never recaptured.

 

1932 Diving suit attempt

An inmate tried to escape in 1932 using a diving suit fashioned from a football bladder, a goggle lens and other scrounged materials. According to Floyd Davis, a prison guard of 13 years who continued to volunteer at the museum after his retirement, the inmate only made one mistake: he didn't make his breathing tube long enough, and ended up drowning in the power house mill pond.[11]

 

Guards had to drain the pond to recover the inmate's body.

 

September 19, 1937

Main article: September 1937 Folsom escape attempt

 

Approximately 40 inmates had been waiting to talk to Warden Larkin concerning upcoming parole hearings when seven of the inmates suddenly attacked him. As they took him into the yard other guards started firing. In the commotion that followed Officer Martin and Warden Larkin were both stabbed to death. Officer Martin died at the scene and Warden Larkin died of his wounds five days later.

 

The inmates involved in the attack were said to have used shanks, prison-made knives, to attack the Warden and the officer. Also, a prison-made wooden semiautomatic pistol was found, and was carved and meant for use in the attack.

 

One of the seven inmates who attempted to escape was wanted for the murder of Officer James Hill, of the Marlow, Oklahoma, Police Department, on April 20, 1931.

 

Two of the escaping attempts were shot and killed during the incident. The remaining five were all sentenced to death and eventually executed. Two suspects, including the one who had murdered Officer Hill, were executed in the gas chamber on December 2, 1938. Two others were executed on December 9, 1938, the leader of the group was executed on December 16, 1938.

 

June 5, 1987 (Glen Stewart Godwin)

A notable Folsom Prison escape was Glen Stewart Godwin, whose escape from Folsom earned him a spot on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.

 

In 1987, Godwin attempted to escape during his incarceration at Deuel Vocational Institute in California, and he was moved to Folsom State Prison, a maximum-security prison. Authorities believe Godwin's wife Shelly Rose Godwin and his former cellmate in Deuel, Lorenz Karlic, helped to plan his escape.

 

A hacksaw and other tools had been smuggled into the prison for Godwin. On June 5, 1987, he cut a hole through fence wire and escaped into a storm drain that emptied into the American River. Godwin dropped through a manhole and crawled 750 feet through the pitch-black drain. Either Godwin's wife or Karlic, an accomplice, had left a raft that Godwin used to float down the river, following painted arrows on rocks that directed him where to go.

 

In June 1987, Karlic was arrested in Hesperia, California, and convicted for aiding Godwin's escape.

In January 1988, Shelly Godwin was classified as a federal fugitive for her role in her husband's escape. She was captured by the FBI in Dallas, Texas, on February 7, 1990.

 

CALIgula side note: ^Glen Stewart Godwin is still wanted by the FBI....and he's on the FBI's top ten list....here's a link:

http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/topten

 

 

October 19, 2010

Two minimum-security inmates, Jeffrey William Howard, 43, and Garrett Daniel Summet, 34, escaped from Folsom on October 19, 2010.

 

Prison spokesman Lt. Anthony Gentile did not elaborate on the circumstances of how the men got away, only saying that the two men fled from the prison's Minimum Support Facility, and that the escape was discovered when the two failed to report to their work areas.

 

Folsom State Prison correctional staff and CDCR's Office of Correctional Safety agents initiated escapee apprehension efforts.

 

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the local law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol have been notified and are all searching for the two men.

 

 

Violent incidents

In 1937, a warden of FSP, Clarence Larkin, was stabbed during an escape attempt and died from his wounds.

 

During the 1970s and 1980s violence at Folsom peaked, when the Aryan Brotherhood and other prison gangs made prisons increasingly dangerous. The establishment of Secure Housing Units, first at California State Prison, Sacramento, and later at Pelican Bay State Prison and California State Prison, Corcoran, did much to control gang-related violence.

 

On August 27, 2010, seven federal inmates at Folsom were admitted to a hospital after corrections officers discharged firearms during a riot involving 200 inmates. None of the inmates' injuries were life-threatening, and no corrections officers were injured during the incident.

 

 

Popular culture

 

 

FSP was made known to the outside world by country music legend Johnny Cash. Cash narrated a fictional account of an outlaw's incarceration in his song "Folsom Prison Blues" (1956). In addition, Cash performed two live concerts at FSP. The first was in 1966 and the most famous live concert was at the FSP cafeteria on January 13, 1968, which was recorded as the album At Folsom Prison. The "Folsom Prison Blues" single from that album was #1 on the country music chart for four weeks, and the album was on the top 200 pop album chart for 122 weeks. A 40th anniversary tribute concert was to take place in the same cafeteria at FSP on January 13, 2008, with a special appearance by Cash's original drummer W.S. "Fluke" Holland.[20] The original plans were to stream the concert over the internet, with four nonprofit groups underwriting the show and sharing in any profits the show might realize. However, a few days before the concert was to occur, it was canceled in a dispute over filming rights, media access, and security concerns.

 

FSP has been the location of a number of feature films, including Riot in Cell Block 11, Heat, American Me, The Jericho Mile, Another 48 Hours, Diggstown, parts of Walk the Line (a biopic of Johnny Cash), and Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison, which was the inspiration for Cash's song. The television drama 21 Jump Street also featured FSP when Johnny Depp's character Tom Hanson was imprisoned for murder.

 

FSP was renamed for the movie Frankie and Johnny with Al Pacino. In the FSP Museum there is the identification of the fake Penitentiary.

 

 

Notable prisoners

 

* Sonny Barger of the Hells Angels

* Edward Bunker

* Eldridge Cleaver

* Joseph Gamsky, aka Joe Hunt, of the Billionaire Boys Club

* Glen Stewart Godwin

* Cameron Hooker

* Rick James, musician

* Edmund Kemper, the co-ed killer

* Suge Knight, owner of Death Row Records

* Timothy Leary

* Charles Manson

* Erik Menendez

* James Mitose

* Ed Morrell, accomplice to the Evans-Sontag railroad robbers of the 1890s

* Bobby Purify (Original singer of "I'm Your Puppet")[citation needed]

* Shorty Rossi, star of the Animal Planet show Pit Boss

* Leo Ryan, U.S. Congressman who while an Assemblyman had posed as a prisoner to investigate conditions.

* Glen Sherley, musician

* Danny Trejo, actor

 

 

i doubt any body really read any of that^^ ...but i hope ya'll took the time to read the highlighted parts...pretty interesting....anyways, on to the pictures...

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but first, heres a link to what you should be listening to while you are viewing the pictures:

 

the sign at the front of the folsom prison museum..

 

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the main entrance to folsom prison....i wanted to take a flick doing the johnny cash pose in front, but wasn't allowed to cross the red line :(

 

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fence post..

 

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anyways...off we go inside the museum..

different types of hats throughout the years..

 

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old school picture of the prison..

 

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more..

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almost everything can be used to make a weapon..

 

pencils..

 

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disposable razors...

 

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radio room from back in the day..

 

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the granite that folsom prison is made out of...the granite was all from the folsom area (also, the folsom prison logo)...

 

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more..

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so since johnny cash had performed twice at the prison and was a pretty big celebrity at the time and had written a song about folsom prison (hopefully youre listening to it)...they were selling his stuff everywhere in the museum....from cds to posters...

 

heres a poster of him in front of the main entrance to the prison...

 

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heres a fake mugshot of him..

 

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the story of the 1927 riots on thanksgiving day...

 

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THIS IS THAT GRENADE!..

 

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they made this gun in the prison machine shop..

 

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they made dice too..

 

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this guy had the name before the guy from the red hot chilli peppers did...

 

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some old pictures of the prison...

 

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gold pan...from the gold rush days..

 

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confiscated belt buckles (the 88 was a white supremacist's belt buckle)...

 

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old phone..

 

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a lock and a knife..

 

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shoe repair...

 

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what the tombstones looked like...

 

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more old flicks of the prison (and a funny bumper sticker)..

 

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old license plate..

 

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remembrance of 9/11...

 

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aerial old school flick of the prison...

 

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more...

 

 

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executions at the prison...

 

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close up of physician's report (neck dislocated at the second cervical...from being hanged)...

 

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the people that made and assisted with the hanging device...

 

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another execution....(shit, i just realized i forgot to flick the rope they used to hang the guy with....just picture a really really thick and huge rope)..

 

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the last execution at the prison...

 

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more...

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newspaper clipping from the 1927 riot..

 

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old school restrain jacket...

 

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lock picks used to escape..

 

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confiscated dice...

 

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to make belt buckles..

 

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binoculars the tower guards used to keep an eye on prisoners..

 

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here are some of the billy clubs carried by guards, sargents, and lieutenants..

 

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boot restraints (dimensions of the ball and chain restraints listed on the right)..

 

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a really old knife...

 

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keys and key pouches..

 

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prison buses..

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so they had a little pretend cell with a pretend inmate that would move and talk to you when you would press the button on the outside....the thing was really fucking weird and creepy...

 

pretend inmate in cell..

 

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the pretend cell..

 

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all about the inmate "sam the mannequin"..

 

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at this point, im sure the first song is over, so heres another johnny cash song to listen to while going though the flicks (just open it in a new tab):

 

 

 

anyways, back to the flicks..

 

charcoal art of jack peart..

 

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jack peart's story about billy auston..

 

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news clipping about how inmates fixed up old bikes for kids in under served communities (through the toys for tots program) and gave them to the marines to be delivered..

 

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the 1927 riots made the front page of the newspaper..

 

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more of the article..

 

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even more of the article..

 

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to keep themselves entertained, the inmates would star in their own plays ...

 

there was one picture showing some of the inmates dressed in drag to play the parts of women, but that picture came out super blurry..….it will be posted later on in the thread..

 

here are five inmates dressed as sailors for a play..

 

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blasting the riverbed..

 

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the oldest flick of folsom prison..

 

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floorplans of the cells...

 

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more floorplans...

 

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tray made by an inmate back in the days..

 

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photo of the prison in 1903...

 

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the old hospital ward....

 

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folsom state prison orchestra...lol..

 

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masterboard...

 

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after flipping through this for a while to look at the names of some of the convicts i noticed the do not touch sign....oops!...

 

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the telephone directory for the prison..

 

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the prisoners from an escape attempt in 1937...

 

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heres the entire story of the 1937 escape attempt (if youre interested)...

 

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visiting room..

 

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sign..

 

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belt buckles..

 

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folsom area right outside the prison (with a little dam)..

 

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the "wheel of fortune" (more on this later...but for now, peep out the size of it)..

 

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the movie convicts four was taped here..

 

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convicts going back to the cell block...

 

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prisoner makes amusement park...

 

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the quarry...

 

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oxen used to carry granite stones to build the prison walls...

 

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shackles, lock, keys, badges...

 

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old school prison barber chair and prison operating table...

 

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gas gun display...

 

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back to the "wheel of fortune"....an inmate made this ferris wheel out of more than 250,000 toothpicks...

 

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fake prison emblem seen in al pacino's movie "frankie and johnny"...

 

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blurry ass flick of a painting showing the prison wall (my bad)...

 

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old school flick cell block "c"...

 

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old school flick main yard...

 

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old school flick of the officers & guards building..

 

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some of the wardens throughout the year...

 

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some of the inmates...

 

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some more of the inmates..

 

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the inmates fixing the bikes up for kids i mentioned earlier...

 

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old school flicks...

 

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"a block" and "b block"...

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center alley...

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west gate...

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everything you wanted to know about the cdc shoulder patch but were afraid to ask...

 

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this shit was pretty crazy...an inmate made a gun out of wood...lol...wtf?!..

 

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scale..

 

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fake shanks (prison knives) made for the tv movie "jericho mile"..

 

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movie prop patches..

 

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old school prison phone...

 

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old school prison gas mask...

 

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old school prison typewriter...

 

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old school metal detector...

 

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old hot water buckets (the first one below belonged to wilson..lol)...

 

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prison made desk...

 

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chemical agent carrying case...

 

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old school bullhorn...

 

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tower #9 megahorn...

 

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locks, keys, pickings tools, forging tools...

 

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old school batteries for crank telephones...

 

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i have no idea wtf this is....

 

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rail section of prison rock quarry...

 

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the foundation of the california state capitol used the same granite rock from the folsom area (including the nearby city named "granite bay")...

 

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huge old school slide rule...

 

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drawing of california state prison sacramento (which is right next door to folsom prison and some people call it "new folsom prison".....now "old folsom prison" is a medium level prison and the new prison is maximum level security)...there was actually a huge prison riot here two or three days before we came to visit...

 

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rifle scabbard...

 

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these next 2 pictures are pretty self explanatory...

 

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the prisoners watching a wrestling match (actually looks more like boxing)...

 

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the warden throwing out the first pitch at a baseball game...

 

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some of the convicts dressed in drag for a play i mentioned earlier....sorry about the burriness of the pic...

 

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some escaped convicts ($550 reward!!)..

 

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heres a picture of a picture with a man holding a picture...

 

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chronological order of construction of folsom prison...

 

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thompson submachine gun with bullets from the riots back in the day...

 

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lol....i thought this was funny....they locked up karl malone...

 

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lead tipped cane, gas dispensing gun, cell lock, gas billy (a.k.a. fe-bat), ...

 

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world war I water cooled machine gun....fired on the first of each month to keep it operational and as a psychological effect....

 

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johnny cash merchandise...

 

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wardens (all except for the last one pictured below were killed from being stabbed....the last one was stabbed 11 times but survived)....

 

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more old school flicks...

 

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belt buckle showing a shackled prisoners hand reaching out of the cell...

 

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paper stand ...

 

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metal flashing...

 

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all about "keestering" (a.k.a. smuggling shit into prison by shoving it up your asshole)..

 

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California license plate from 1936...

 

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a medal from the pistol & rifle club...

 

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iron claw....you put it around prisoner's joints (wrists, ankles, knees, etc and tighten till it hurt)...

 

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more....

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