Fromm left (A) Capt. J. Lopez, (A) Chief Deputy Warden R. Jones, Capt. T. Pennington, and Facility D Capt. C. Abarca serve a meal to staff at CRC.

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

The California Rehabilitation Center (CRC) staff were rewarded with a Staff Appreciation Day for their hard work in preparing the institution for attaining American Correctional Association (ACA) accreditation, which was achieved when CRC was given a score of 98.5. Health care, non-custody and custody staff worked together as a team to achieve the institution’s goal of accreditation.

CRC is one of the original 12 institutions in the State. In 2002, CRC’s Administration was moved out of the Norconian Hotel building due to structural deficiencies. Offices were relocated to various modulars, causing boxes of paperwork and other office items to be placed in closets, vacant offices, and conex storage boxes throughout the institution. Staff pulled together like family and worked hard opening, cleaning, clearing, and organizing every closet, cubby hole, conex box, and office space within the institution.

In 2016, CRC was slated to close and there were reports the institution was falling apart at the seams. CRC has proven to be one of the best institutions in the State of California. Plant Operations staff worked many hours to repair and refurbish seven dorms, as well as all other repairs needed throughout the institution. As a whole, staff came together as one and demonstrated the extraordinary teamwork ability of CRC.

In light of this achievement, Warden Cynthia Tampkins wanted to express her appreciation by preparing and serving a freshly prepared meal to staff on duty during First, Second, and Third Watch on Sept. 27. Management shucked their ties and uniforms and barbequed over 1,300 pieces of chicken. The Warden added the scrumptious flavor with her rub and special sauce. In addition to the succulent chicken, the menu included baked beans, potato salad, corn on the cob, cookies, and water.

Warden Tampkins, along with her Administrative staff, stayed late on Sept. 26 to prepare meals for First Watch staff to receive when they arrived on duty. The team came in early the next day to prepare for Second and Third Watch.

“I am proud and honored to be the Warden of outstanding, exemplary and dedicated staff. You have proven when we put our minds and efforts together, we can accomplish anything. I cannot thank you enough. Thank you, thank you, and thank you. We will not return to ground zero,” said Warden Tampkins. “We will always continue to move forward with improvements to the institution and stay compliant with Department Operations Manual and ACA mandates.”