Inmates seeking an education get one step closer
By Lt. Sarah Watson, AA/Public Information Officer
California Rehabilitation Center
NORCO – Warden Cynthia Y. Tampkins of the California Rehabilitation Center (CRC) in Norco recently hosted Pitzer College Admissions Specialists Owen Wolf and Jamila Everett for on-grounds admissions interviews.
Pitzer College is a private residential liberal arts college located in Claremont, a college town approximately 39 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. Pitzer College is one of the Claremont Colleges and is currently ranked number 35 of the Forbes 100 liberal college list. Tuition for Pitzer College is approximately $47,000 annually.
Professors from the Inside Out program conduct eight week courses on-grounds at CRC with 10 Pitzer College students and 10 inmates in attendance. They explore subjects spanning from the humanities to science. This is the first collaboration between CRC and Pitzer, and the project is receiving positive reviews. As a result of outstanding class performance, three inmates were selected to apply for admissions to Pitzer College upon parole. After Mr. Wolf and Ms. Everett conducted admissions interviews for the inmates, they said they were impressed and excited for the potential students.
Decisions on admissions will be disclosed in late May, but to get this far in the admissions process is a first in CRC history. This is also a first for Pitzer College. Never in the school’s history have admissions specialists conducted interviews at a prison. CRC and Pitzer College are making historic strides in education and rehabilitation, according to those involved.
“It’s fulfilling to know we have empowered inmates to change their lives,” said Warden Tampkins.
It costs California taxpayers an average of more than $60,000 a year to incarcerate an inmate.