2nd chances for drug offenders


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And welcome back to Houston>>at 10.
And welcome back to Houston
newsmakers I’m excited to And welcome back to Houston
newsmakers I’m excited to
welcome back the former Harris newsmakers I’m excited to
welcome back the former Harris
County District attorney Devon welcome back the former Harris
County District attorney Devon
Anderson back to Houston County District attorney Devon
Anderson back to Houston
newsmakers. Anderson back to Houston
newsmakers.
>>Good to see you it’s been too newsmakers.
>>Good to see you it’s been too
long you to meet a thanks for>>Good to see you it’s been too
long you to meet a thanks for
having me and with her is Eric long you to meet a thanks for
having me and with her is Eric
which us and he is a graduate having me and with her is Eric
which us and he is a graduate
of the star program something which us and he is a graduate
of the star program something
we’re going to be talking about of the star program something
we’re going to be talking about
this morning because your role we’re going to be talking about
this morning because your role
now is as executive director this morning because your role
now is as executive director
of the Harris County drug court now is as executive director
of the Harris County drug court
Foundation how excited are you of the Harris County drug court
Foundation how excited are you
to do that is what is that I’m Foundation how excited are you
to do that is what is that I’m
so excited when I was a judge I to do that is what is that I’m
so excited when I was a judge I
volunteered to be a star court so excited when I was a judge I
volunteered to be a star court
Judge which is the drug court volunteered to be a star court
Judge which is the drug court
program in Harris County. Judge which is the drug court
program in Harris County.
And then I was on the board program in Harris County.
And then I was on the board
when I was a defense attorney And then I was on the board
when I was a defense attorney
and so it’s really great to be when I was a defense attorney
and so it’s really great to be
back and help support this and so it’s really great to be
back and help support this
wonderful program. back and help support this
wonderful program.
>>That’s been around for 16 wonderful program.
>>That’s been around for 16
years it had been around for a>>That’s been around for 16
years it had been around for a
long time and it seems that it years it had been around for a
long time and it seems that it
was created long time and it seems that it
was created
2 tell people who may be in was created
2 tell people who may be in
trouble with the law. 2 tell people who may be in
trouble with the law.
>>Because of trouble with the law.
>>Because of
drug use a drug addiction but>>Because of
drug use a drug addiction but
this program is to help them drug use a drug addiction but
this program is to help them
get out of it and that’s all this program is to help them
get out of it and that’s all
right this this program is for get out of it and that’s all
right this this program is for
people have had a longstanding right this this program is for
people have had a longstanding
addiction have been in and out people have had a longstanding
addiction have been in and out
of rehab. addiction have been in and out
of rehab.
>>In and out of the criminal of rehab.
>>In and out of the criminal
justice system nonviolent>>In and out of the criminal
justice system nonviolent
offenders who need help and justice system nonviolent
offenders who need help and
this program is a very offenders who need help and
this program is a very
intensive and it has a lot of this program is a very
intensive and it has a lot of
support to it and a lot of intensive and it has a lot of
support to it and a lot of
after care and that’s why it’s support to it and a lot of
after care and that’s why it’s
so successful Eric how did you after care and that’s why it’s
so successful Eric how did you
come to know about the star so successful Eric how did you
come to know about the star
program and how did you come to know about the star
program and how did you
involved get involved with any program and how did you
involved get involved with any
kind of addiction as I came to involved get involved with any
kind of addiction as I came to
know about the star program by kind of addiction as I came to
know about the star program by
being invited to join. know about the star program by
being invited to join.
>>I was one of the cases that being invited to join.
>>I was one of the cases that
she’s just talking about you>>I was one of the cases that
she’s just talking about you
know and not a re have in and she’s just talking about you
know and not a re have in and
out of jail. know and not a re have in and
out of jail.
That’s not my previous case out of jail.
That’s not my previous case
loads and finally you know the That’s not my previous case
loads and finally you know the
star program save my life it loads and finally you know the
star program save my life it
was an opioid that this so yes, star program save my life it
was an opioid that this so yes,
a very very young was an opioid that this so yes,
a very very young
start having some procedures a very very young
start having some procedures
and operations on my long said, start having some procedures
and operations on my long said,
I’m not just wildly to the and operations on my long said,
I’m not just wildly to the
docks gotten and was heroin I’m not just wildly to the
docks gotten and was heroin
involved is where eventually docks gotten and was heroin
involved is where eventually
cuts that’s how it normally involved is where eventually
cuts that’s how it normally
goes for most people it’s so cuts that’s how it normally
goes for most people it’s so
but from from addiction goes for most people it’s so
but from from addiction
to the criminal justice system but from from addiction
to the criminal justice system
any other than the drugs you to the criminal justice system
any other than the drugs you
would not have been involved any other than the drugs you
would not have been involved
necessarily in that probably would not have been involved
necessarily in that probably
probably not I’m pretty much necessarily in that probably
probably not I’m pretty much
upstanding citizen can really probably not I’m pretty much
upstanding citizen can really
hurt too much by actual crime, upstanding citizen can really
hurt too much by actual crime,
no violent crime, but. hurt too much by actual crime,
no violent crime, but.
You know it progresses from no violent crime, but.
You know it progresses from
having prescriptions from You know it progresses from
having prescriptions from
doctors to eventually they want having prescriptions from
doctors to eventually they want
you to come off of it, but at doctors to eventually they want
you to come off of it, but at
that point bodies just site. you to come off of it, but at
that point bodies just site.
Incredibly used to it and that point bodies just site.
Incredibly used to it and
addicted to it and so at that Incredibly used to it and
addicted to it and so at that
point your only option is to addicted to it and so at that
point your only option is to
find on the streets which turns point your only option is to
find on the streets which turns
out is find on the streets which turns
out is
he legal. You as a prosecutor out is
he legal. You as a prosecutor
you saw a lot of that within he legal. You as a prosecutor
you saw a lot of that within
the system. you saw a lot of that within
the system.
>>When you are on the bench and the system.
>>When you are on the bench and
when you are a prosecutor.>>When you are on the bench and
when you are a prosecutor.
How much did you see that made when you are a prosecutor.
How much did you see that made
you realize that that were it How much did you see that made
you realize that that were it
not for these quote addictions you realize that that were it
not for these quote addictions
that would be not for these quote addictions
that would be
a lot fewer people within the that would be
a lot fewer people within the
criminal justice helped us so a lot fewer people within the
criminal justice helped us so
much I mean I cannot even guess criminal justice helped us so
much I mean I cannot even guess
at the percentage of crimes much I mean I cannot even guess
at the percentage of crimes
that are based our car caused at the percentage of crimes
that are based our car caused
by substance abuse addiction. that are based our car caused
by substance abuse addiction.
>>I saw time and time again and by substance abuse addiction.
>>I saw time and time again and
what I also saw was if they>>I saw time and time again and
what I also saw was if they
don’t get help for what I also saw was if they
don’t get help for
the problem and for the reason don’t get help for
the problem and for the reason
they’re using they’re just the problem and for the reason
they’re using they’re just
going to keep coming back over they’re using they’re just
going to keep coming back over
and over and over which is going to keep coming back over
and over and over which is
expensive for taxpayers. and over and over which is
expensive for taxpayers.
It’s bad for public safety and expensive for taxpayers.
It’s bad for public safety and
that’s why programs like drug It’s bad for public safety and
that’s why programs like drug
quarter so important so drug that’s why programs like drug
quarter so important so drug
court Foundation has is an quarter so important so drug
court Foundation has is an
overriding a number of court Foundation has is an
overriding a number of
different things or just over overriding a number of
different things or just over
eyes. The star program, what different things or just over
eyes. The star program, what
does that what does it overseas eyes. The star program, what
does that what does it overseas
right now we’ve been in does that what does it overseas
right now we’ve been in
existence for 16 years, so it right now we’ve been in
existence for 16 years, so it
was founded the year after drug existence for 16 years, so it
was founded the year after drug
court because there was a was founded the year after drug
court because there was a
realization very quickly that court because there was a
realization very quickly that
the government wasn’t going to realization very quickly that
the government wasn’t going to
pay for a lot of these things the government wasn’t going to
pay for a lot of these things
that help people stay sober pay for a lot of these things
that help people stay sober
like transitional housing, that help people stay sober
like transitional housing,
grief and like transitional housing,
grief and
trauma counseling. Schedule K grief and
trauma counseling. Schedule K
Shull scholarships if they want trauma counseling. Schedule K
Shull scholarships if they want
to go back to school or if they Shull scholarships if they want
to go back to school or if they
want to get certified for some to go back to school or if they
want to get certified for some
type of employment. want to get certified for some
type of employment.
We pay for those things so type of employment.
We pay for those things so
that’s where the foundation We pay for those things so
that’s where the foundation
part comes in you raise the that’s where the foundation
part comes in you raise the
money to go ahead and fund part comes in you raise the
money to go ahead and fund
those kinds of programs Ackley money to go ahead and fund
those kinds of programs Ackley
what was the experience like those kinds of programs Ackley
what was the experience like
getting into the program and what was the experience like
getting into the program and
when you went into where you getting into the program and
when you went into where you
optimistic are you not sure. when you went into where you
optimistic are you not sure.
>>About your ability to get optimistic are you not sure.
>>About your ability to get
through I was nervous>>About your ability to get
through I was nervous
at first, but I actually through I was nervous
at first, but I actually
benefited from any of the at first, but I actually
benefited from any of the
things that she was just benefited from any of the
things that she was just
talking about you know had my things that she was just
talking about you know had my
housing paid for which. talking about you know had my
housing paid for which.
>>Just was incredible as I had housing paid for which.
>>Just was incredible as I had
nothing no friends.>>Just was incredible as I had
nothing no friends.
You know you’re in a room full nothing no friends.
You know you’re in a room full
of people you know every week You know you’re in a room full
of people you know every week
on the classes of people every of people you know every week
on the classes of people every
week until com provides you on the classes of people every
week until com provides you
with friends and family. week until com provides you
with friends and family.
And I just I really set the with friends and family.
And I just I really set the
foundation for life to move And I just I really set the
foundation for life to move
forward and one going so foundation for life to move
forward and one going so
quickly became very optimistic. forward and one going so
quickly became very optimistic.
One of quickly became very optimistic.
One of
organizations that support One of
organizations that support
money anyways which you need organizations that support
money anyways which you need
this program. money anyways which you need
this program.
>>This star luncheon shine a this program.
>>This star luncheon shine a
light on a star much and it’s>>This star luncheon shine a
light on a star much and it’s
coming up how important is that light on a star much and it’s
coming up how important is that
for your fund raising efforts coming up how important is that
for your fund raising efforts
and who’s a keynote speaker for for your fund raising efforts
and who’s a keynote speaker for
the submits its critical and who’s a keynote speaker for
the submits its critical
because it’s our only the submits its critical
because it’s our only
fundraising event this year. because it’s our only
fundraising event this year.
We’re honoring Judge Mark fundraising event this year.
We’re honoring Judge Mark
Carter who was a pioneer in the We’re honoring Judge Mark
Carter who was a pioneer in the
veterans courts of them drug Carter who was a pioneer in the
veterans courts of them drug
courts were so successful that veterans courts of them drug
courts were so successful that
they spawn off all these other courts were so successful that
they spawn off all these other
specialty courts. they spawn off all these other
specialty courts.
>>Dealing with certain certain specialty courts.
>>Dealing with certain certain
populations and veterans court>>Dealing with certain certain
populations and veterans court
is where Judge Mark Carter populations and veterans court
is where Judge Mark Carter
thrived and I mean help to get is where Judge Mark Carter
thrived and I mean help to get
started here along with Judge thrived and I mean help to get
started here along with Judge
Mike fields who did the started here along with Judge
Mike fields who did the
misdemeanor docket and so we’re Mike fields who did the
misdemeanor docket and so we’re
honoring judge Carter and he’ll misdemeanor docket and so we’re
honoring judge Carter and he’ll
be our keynote speaker you’re honoring judge Carter and he’ll
be our keynote speaker you’re
relatively new to the position be our keynote speaker you’re
relatively new to the position
of executive director, even relatively new to the position
of executive director, even
though you know all about this of executive director, even
though you know all about this
Foundation right I’m going though you know all about this
Foundation right I’m going
>>would you expected Foundation right I’m going
>>would you expected
to have other kinds of>>would you expected
to have other kinds of
fund-raising events or is there to have other kinds of
fund-raising events or is there
another source of income you fund-raising events or is there
another source of income you
can create along the way other another source of income you
can create along the way other
than one luncheon. Well we are can create along the way other
than one luncheon. Well we are
riding a lot of grants they than one luncheon. Well we are
riding a lot of grants they
were all privately-funded riding a lot of grants they
were all privately-funded
that’s that’s where we get all were all privately-funded
that’s that’s where we get all
of our money so yes we’re going that’s that’s where we get all
of our money so yes we’re going
to be planning some other of our money so yes we’re going
to be planning some other
fundraising activities next to be planning some other
fundraising activities next
year and we are applying for fundraising activities next
year and we are applying for
quite a number of grants I want year and we are applying for
quite a number of grants I want
to make sure that people know quite a number of grants I want
to make sure that people know
about this not as next week, to make sure that people know
about this not as next week,
it’s right around the corner about this not as next week,
it’s right around the corner
you watching this on Sunday it’s right around the corner
you watching this on Sunday
morning you’ve got until you watching this on Sunday
morning you’ve got until
Thursday, 11 30 at the junior morning you’ve got until
Thursday, 11 30 at the junior
league, the number 7, 1, 3, 8, Thursday, 11 30 at the junior
league, the number 7, 1, 3, 8,
9, 9, 9, 8, 9, 3, we’re going league, the number 7, 1, 3, 8,
9, 9, 9, 8, 9, 3, we’re going
to have all of this 9, 9, 9, 8, 9, 3, we’re going
to have all of this
information. to have all of this
information.
>>On the website as well we information.
>>On the website as well we
hope it is standing room only>>On the website as well we
hope it is standing room only
thank you we saw the tables of hope it is standing room only
thank you we saw the tables of
congratulations. thank you we saw the tables of
congratulations.
>>To you for what you’ve done congratulations.
>>To you for what you’ve done
up to this point and>>To you for what you’ve done
up to this point and
congratulations on what’s going up to this point and
congratulations on what’s going
to be happening for your future congratulations on what’s going
to be happening for your future
going forward thank you so much to be happening for your future
going forward thank you so much
what are you hoping to do going going forward thank you so much
what are you hoping to do going
forward actually it’s been what are you hoping to do going
forward actually it’s been
pretty cool. from the forward actually it’s been
pretty cool. from the
foundation I learned you know pretty cool. from the
foundation I learned you know
from this program. foundation I learned you know
from this program.
Decided to kind of develop my from this program.
Decided to kind of develop my
life to the recovery process in Decided to kind of develop my
life to the recovery process in
some part of a team like life to the recovery process in
some part of a team like
right now starting a brand new some part of a team like
right now starting a brand new
inpatient facility called the right now starting a brand new
inpatient facility called the
orchard on the process. I’m I’m inpatient facility called the
orchard on the process. I’m I’m
just incredibly excited about orchard on the process. I’m I’m
just incredibly excited about
it, you know brand new. just incredibly excited about
it, you know brand new.
♪ it, you know brand new.

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