By Lt. Sarah Watson, AA/Public Information Officer
California Rehabilitation Center
Warden Cynthia Y. Tampkins of the California Rehabilitation Center was the featured guest lecturer for Introduction to Correctional Science class recently at Mount San Antonio College.
Mt. San Antonio College (commonly called Mt. SAC) is a community college in the Los Angeles suburb of Walnut, California.
Warden Tampkins, a graduate of the University of Southern California, spoke to an audience of freshman and sophomore students about her life story, career, history, and the importance of a college education. She provided insight on the evolution of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), and recent changes such as the three-judge panel decision and the American Correctional Association’s accreditation process.
Freshman student Refugio Juarez asked Warden Tampkins: “What do you think is the most important part of your job?”
Warden Tampkins said: “I believe it is our job in the department to fight recidivism by offering rehabilitative options to the inmates. I have about 3,000 inmates at my prison and every one of them will be released into your neighborhoods in 10 years or less. So, unless we help them find a different option or skill, they may commit additional crimes in your area.”
Warden Tampkins left the students encouraged about their decision to pursue a career in criminal justice, and intrigued about the vast career opportunities CDCR has available.
Mt. Sac is among the largest community colleges in California with 57,319 students. Mt. SAC has a robust Administration of Justice department which affords students an associates of arts degree.
One of the department’s core classes is Introduction to Correctional Science. The class is a California State University qualifying course and a prerequisite for higher level classes in the same major.