A Harris County courtroom will be re-named Tuesday in honor of the late District Attorney Mike Anderson.
The Success Through Addiction Recovery (STAR) Court courtroom at the Harris County Criminal Justice Center will be re-named the Mike Anderson Memorial Courtroom. Anderson passed away in August at the age of 57.
Mike Anderson was a STAR Court judge before he was elected District Attorney in 2013. He was a Harris County Assistant District Attorney for 17 years and District Court Judge for 12 years. After Anderson died, Governor Rick Perry appointed his wife, Devon Anderson, to the position.
"Mike had a passion for helping people and believed in giving people second chances. As a judge he would send offenders in need of rehabilitation and treatment to STAR court, even when they thought they didn't need it," said DA Devon Anderson. "Mike's commitment to the program as a judge and as the District Attorney played a major role in the success of the program, so it is fitting to have the courtroom re-named after him."
The STAR Drug Court Program treats non-violent, repeat drug offenders to reduce the costs of continuing drug abuse and possible future crimes.