I've just retired from 25 years inside Folsom Prison. Ask me anything I started working for the California Dept of Corrections in 1985. I started as a Corrections Officer, but after a short time, I transferred to the PIA, (Prison Industry Authority). PIA operates all the factories inside prisons in California. For 16 years I was the Superintendent of the License Plate Factory at Folsom. All California license plates are made there. There were 263 stabbings the year I started, 9 inmates died, not including those that were shot by tower guards. There were shots fired every day. The staff assault rate at Folsom Prison is 30%. You have a 1-n-3 chance of being assaulted each year. I don't know any staff that haven't been assaulted (Yours truly included). It's a tough place to work. There are about 100 inmate workers in the LPF & I had 6 (free staff) inmate crew supervisors & 2 CO's as staff. The hard part was motivating 100 convicted criminals to work like slaves for pennies, & no future. It was like swimming in a shark tank every day. I knew it was time to retire, when I went to a co-workers retirement party & funeral in the same month! That was a wake-up call. Life's too short. I was gonna work another 5 years, but decided to just retire as soon as I was eligible & enjoy life a little. You are in a different world when they slam that gate behind you every morning & you don't know if your gonna walk back thru at night. Now, it's just me & my wife, our dog & 2 chickens Stay out of trouble if you can SCC P.S. Yes they still feed inmates every day in the "Johnny Cash" dining room. "I hear that whistle blowing!"