Cynthia Young

Cynthia Young

Corrections Sergeant

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I dropped out of high school in the 11th grade after I became pregnant with my son at the age of 15.
Then it wasn't until ten years later I finally decided to get my GED and go back to school.
I enrolled at Remington College in 2008 pursuing a degree in criminal justice and graduated in 2010.
Two years later I decided to go back to school for my bachelors degree in criminal justice.
Working as a sheriff deputy in the county jail, I learned a lot about how the justice system works.
In those moments working at the jail, I realized I needed to help affect change in some way.
Keep following my journey

Education

GED
Bachelor
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
University of Phoenix-Baton Rouge

Career

Corrections Sergeant

I maintain security within the prison and oversee the health and safety of staff and prisoners.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Law
Government
Helping People

Day to Day

A great day for me working in the Department of Corrections consists of not having to deal with issues that pose a threat to the institution or the department. A typical day in the prison for me includes supervising inmates in housing units and those segregated for administrative or punitive measures along with instructing them in housekeeping and sanitation. After the offenders return to their housing units from their assigned jobs for the day, we have to conduct a head count every hour.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Education in criminal justice can provide a lot of knowledge about how the Department of Corrections operates however first hand experience in working in corrections has taught me so much more than what I could get from the classroom. My experiences and training working as a corrections officer has equipped me to better perform my job. One has to be strong mentally to perform the duties of a corrections officer. Some skills I have obtained include having sound judgment and to always be alert.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

I believe education in the field of criminal justice is very important for someone who plans to pursue a career in this field. Oftentimes a lot of people who enter into this field and especially corrections usually have little to no education relevant to the job because many jobs in this field only require a high school diploma. I recommend seeking an undergrad degree first and foremost. Criminal justice can be very rewarding if one has the education along with the experience to back them up.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"How in the world can you work in a prison" "I don't see how you do it, I couldn't do it" "Aren't you scared and fear for your life in there?"

Challenges I Overcame

Financial