I have previously discussed Judge Kevin Fine's unique life experiences.
Judge Fine truly wants everyone to have the opportunity to get the assistance
necessary to overcome their addiction. He is not concerned if your drug
of choice is cocaine, heroin, or something else. His aim is that you are
able to conquer your disease. While Judge Fine is open to allowing someone
go on probation to get the help than most other Judges in Harris County,Texas
his probations are not easy. In fact, a fair amount of defendants decide
that they would pass up the opportunity of receiving probation, tackling
their addiction head on and take their punishment via a jail sentence instead.
Far too many addicts in his court do not take the offering that Judge Fine
provides because they find it too difficult or do not believe in themselves
enough to know that they can succeed. An addict in his court is required
to attend one AA meeting a day for the first 180 days that they are on
probation. For the more serious addicts a long term placement in a drug
rehabilation center in custody is required, for at least six months. Sadly,
too many defendants turn this opportunity down because they weigh their
options and take the jail sentence because the incarceratioin time is
similar. To his credit, Judge Fine tells the people that choose a jail
sentence over rehabilation that his court is open to receceiving them
if, after they finish their sentence, they want to seek help. He promises
them that he will point them in the right direction to begin their recovery.