Alternative Sentencing
A large number of our residents come to Beit T'Shuvah as a result of their contact with the criminal justice system. The Alternative Sentencing staff, led by Carrie Newman and supported by Rachel Ehrman, Janet Markowitz, and Michael Rosenfeld, assists these clients by conducting in-custody interviews and assessments to determine program eligibility. If an individual is determined to be appropriate for Beit T'Shuvah, the Alternative Sentencing staff advocates in court for that person to receive sentencing to Beit T'Shuvah as an alternative to serving jail or prison time, usually for offenses related to drug and alcohol abuse. The Alternative Sentencing staff prepares sentencing plans and court reports in an effort to persuade a generally punitive system to consider rehabilitative options for those clients who seem ready for, and open to, treatment.

For those residents who come to Beit T'Shuvah of their own volition, but who often have unresolved legal issues upon entry, the Alternative Sentencing staff works with them to clear up the "wreckage of their past," so that they are ready to return to society as responsible and prosocial adults upon completion of the program. Alternative Sentencing also corresponds with Jewish offenders serving time in state or federal prison who are seeking drug and alcohol treatment and/or transitional resources upon their parole from prison. For Jewish offenders serving lengthier sentences, the office serves as a connection to Jewish tradition and the Jewish recovering community through regular correspondence with these inmates.

The Alternative Sentencing Department also provides visitation for Jewish inmates within the Los Angeles County Jail system, offering spiritual guidance, addiction counseling and a connection to Judaic tradition. They often serve as a liaison between inmates and their families, in an attempt to assist both through the often frightening and confusing experience of incarceration. For those inmates who are not appropriate for Beit T'Shuvah placement, alternative placements, referrals, and mental health advocacy are sometimes provided.

This week’s parashah opens with God commanding the Jewish people to bring their choicest olive oil t ...(read more)

Rabbi wants to hear from you, email him with comments or questions about this weeks Torah Portion here.
Friday - Shabbat Services 6:30 PM
Saturday - Torah Study 7:15 AM; Shabbat Services 11:00 AM
We encourage our Beit T'Shuvah community and supporters to please sign up for our online Shabbos Matters that is conveniently sent to your e-mail address every Friday for Shabbat Services. To sign up all we need is your e-mail address, first and last name. Signing up will give you all the latest Beit T'Shuvah news and keep you close and involved in our wonderful growing community.
First Name:

Last Name:


What is plus ?

RT @NEJM: A majority of the U.S. public considers addiction to prescription pain medication a major problem but does not deem it a national…

"While the decision is considered a big step for a major drug company adjusting to public pressure, health professi…

RT @ReconRabbis: The RRA at @BeitTShuvah in Los Angeles. Wonderful learning about their unique approach to addiction, treatment and recover…

RT @MayorOfLA: We gathered local makers to showcase holiday gifts that support social good and help Angelenos in need. Support local crea…

RT @KarinEPery: “When I marched with #MartinLutherKingJr In Selma, I felt my legs were praying” meaningful words by Rabbi Abraham Joshua H…