Warden Cynthia Y. Tampkins and inmate Tommy Corral pause for a photo after the CRC general population graduation.

By Lt. Sarah Watson, AA/PIO
California Rehabilitation Center

California Rehabilitation Center (CRC) inmate Tommy Corral successfully completed the GED program and graduated in December 2016. Through hard work on his part using the step-down program, he’s gone from serving time in a security housing unit to a Level II institution.

Inmate Corral is a 39-year-old first-term commitment from San Bernardino County, serving a 28-year sentence for attempted murder. Corral arrived at CRC, a Level II institution, in July 2016, after proving he was suitable for dormitory living.

“First of all, I’m so happy for the opportunity to graduate and my family to see it,” said Corral. “I’m the first of my siblings, two brothers and a sister, to graduate.”

Inmate Corral said he always thought once his life was in order, he would go back to school and complete his education. He started in 2006 and has continued working on his education as he was transferred to different institutions.

When he arrived at CRC, he only needed to pass Science to finish his GED and graduate. Corral said the CRC education staff was very helpful and supportive. He took the GED exam on Oct. 10, 2016, and passed.

Corral looks forward to taking more classes and getting involved in Self-Help Programs, specifically Anger Management. He said he is also interested in the Warden’s Book Club.

“Knowledge is power and I would like to work with the youthful offenders to encourage them to get their education because prison is not the way to live,” he said.

Inmate Corral will one day be released back into society and he hopes to pursue a college degree.

Warden Cynthia Tampkins said she is a firm believer in rehabilitation and that there is a spark of hope in everyone.