Unlocking History: From Sammy Davis Jr. to Eartha Kitt, artists help rehabilitate inmates

Unlocking History: From Sammy Davis Jr. to Eartha Kitt, artists help rehabilitate inmates

Singer Johnny Cash and Folsom State Prison have been linked ever since Cash’s 1968 performance and the hit record that emerged from the endeavor. While Cash may have gotten the headlines, he wasn’t the first major recording artist to perform at the prison. After becoming the first American singer to stage two command performances for British royalty, two days later Sammy Davis Jr. made the trek to Folsom State Prison to become the first major artist to perform at the institution. It was November 1961.

Former YACA Secretary Robert Presley passes at 93

Former YACA Secretary Robert Presley passes at 93

A longtime lawman, who became a state lawmaker and finished his career as a state corrections official, has died. Former Youth and Adult Correctional Agency (YACA) Secretary Robert Presley passed away Sept. 22, 2018, at age 93. After he left state service, he continued in the Sacramento area as a law enforcement consultant and held a lifetime teaching credential in police science, according to his family. He was also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Washington, D.C.