Prisons Famous Inmates at Folsom State Prison  

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List of Famous Inmates at Folsom State Prison ranked by fame and notoriety. Folsom State Prison is the second oldest prison in the state of California and it holds a population of 2,469. Johnny Cash was never an inmate at Folsom Prison, but he made the institution famous with his song “Folsom Prison Blues.” Cash went on to perform two concerts for the inmates at Folsom State Prison and he called them the most enthusiastic audience that he ever played for.

Who is the most famous inmate at Folsom State Prison? Manson Family leader Charlie Manson tops our list. Manson convinced his followers to kill Sharon Tate and nine other individuals leading to his conviction for murder and conspiracy. Manson spent 1972 through 1976 at Folsom State Prison. Psychologist, writer and psychedelic drug advocate Timothy Leary spent a few years in the 70s at Folsom Prison, after first escaping a minimum security prison and sending authorities on a world wide search. President Richard Nixon called Leary “the most dangerous man in America.

“Super Freak” singer Rick James served two years in Folsom Prison after being found guilty of two counts of assault. Former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight also spent time at Folsom for assault charges.

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Suge Knight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Inmates at Folsom State Prison
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Marion Hugh "Suge" Knight, Jr. is a former American record producer and music executive. He is the founder and CEO of Black Kapital Records. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 53

Birthplace: Lynwood, California, USA

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Charles Manson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Inmates at Folsom State Prison
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Charles Milles Manson is an American who led what became known as the Manson Family, a quasi-commune that arose in the California desert in the late 1960s. In 1971 he was found guilty of conspiracy against seven people, actress Sharon Tate and four other people at Tate's home, and the next day, a married couple, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, all carried out by members of the group at his instruction. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 84

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

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Rick James is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Inmates at Folsom State Prison
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Rick James was an American musician and composer. Influenced by singers such as Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson, James started singing in doo-wop and R&B groups as a teenager in his hometown of Buffalo, New York. After entering the U.S. Navy to avoid getting drafted, he deserted to Toronto, where he formed the fusion band The Mynah Birds, whose lineup once included Bruce Palmer, Neil Young, and Nick St. Nicholas. James' tenure with the group was interrupted after he was discovered recording with the group in Motown in 1966. Surrendering to military authorities, he served a one-year prison term. Upon release, James moved to California to resume his duties with the Mynah Birds, although the ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 56 (1948-2004)

Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States of America

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Timothy Leary is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Inmates at Folsom State Prison
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Timothy Francis Leary was an American psychologist and writer. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 76 (1920-1996)

Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States of America

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