The Folsom effect: Famous behind-bars concert turned Johnny Cash's career around and began a yearslong crusade for prison reform

Posted: June 18, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash perform for 900 prisoners and 200 guests at Cummins Prison Farm on April 10, 1969. A Democrat-Gazette photo illustration from a Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo.

When Johnny Cash stepped onstage at Folsom State Prison on Jan. 13, 1968, for the concerts that would change his life, he was in rough shape.

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