Carrie Newman
Alternative Sentencing Coordinator
Carrie Newman has been working as the Beit T'Shuvah Alternative Sentencing Coordinator since 1999, when Rabbi Mark told her he would give her ten hours a week of jail work IF she would begin the process of completing her college degree. Carrie took that deal, earning her bachelor’s degree, Magna Cum Laude, from California State University, Northridge in 2002. Although earning that degree is one of Carrie’s proudest accomplishments, she believes her strengths derive mainly from her personal experience of being caught up in the criminal justice system herself, prior to being alternatively sentenced to Beit T'Shuvah in 1996. Carrie feels blessed to have been guided, by Rabbi and Harriet, to meaningful work about which she is passionate long before “Recover Your Passion, Discover Your Purpose,” was the Beit T'Shuvah tag line. Through face-to-face visits at the local jails, as well as through correspondence with inmates in prisons, both in California and throughout the country, Carrie has found purpose and passion in carrying the message of recovery and the teachings of Beit T'Shuvah to those who are behind the gates and walls of our penal institutions.

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