Kim Richards Sentenced in Target Shoplifting Case: Community Service, Probation and Alcoholics Anonymous

10/28/2015 AT 04:30 PM EDT

Kim Richards can officially move forward from her August arrest.

The former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star was sentenced Wednesday in her Target shoplifting case.

A Los Angeles judge order that Richards, 51, complete 300 hours of community service, three years probation and 52 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE. TMZ was the first to report the news.

She must also “continue treatment and follow recommendations for treatment including drug rehabilitation, therapy and medications,” according to the papers.

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19 thoughts on “Kim Richards Sentenced in Target Shoplifting Case: Community Service, Probation and Alcoholics Anonymous

  1. You are really scraping the barrel here, second time you trotted out this particular one. Look here, it’s really quite simple. She broke the law, the law said she needed to repay her debt to society so it considers a suitable punishment – community service. AA to help with her alcohol issues. AA didn’t drag her in off the street, she’s been to AA a lot in the past, so maybe that was why the COURT decided she needed further help and she DID say she wanted further help from AA herself post rehab etc. So it doesn’t take a genius to see the flaw in your blame game. Who made the decision? The court. So surely your issue is with the COURT. Go figure.

  2. Yeah, these people are smacking the soft option – if the court is a man killing lion, AA is a fluffy little bunny rabbit. you big bullies! LMAO….

  3. A Judge in Atlanta was defrocked and she worked in Drug Courts. Yes they can be brought down. Her bullying was exposed on This American Life 2 or 3 years ago. Ill find the link.

  4. Personally I’m a firm believer of you do the crime, you do the time. I’m sick of courts allowing this nonsense not only because I can’t stand AA, but also because I believe the leniency in our court systems has led to an increase in crime. Some of the violent crimes that have been committed by AA members as well as others are habitual repeat offenders. Arrest after arrest with no real consequences other than being forced into boring AA meetings, fines, and community service, often result in a parent, spouse, or other loved one later asking the judicial system, “Why could you not have sent him or her to prison sooner and why did it take the victimization or death of my loved one?” I also would like to ask our court system why they do not consider the impact criminals could have on non-criminals who may have chosen to attend AA or rehab because they sincerely wanted help. I remember a disruptive habitual complainer from rehab that chose rehab over jail time who once told me she couldn’t wait to get out of there so she could go get high again. My tax dollars were paying for her to be there and every time she disrupted a lecture the money I had chosen to take from my 401K to be there was being wasted. Then there is the danger issue that I was not even aware of until after I left AA, which leads to the question why was I not told I was sharing the rooms with criminals? Why is it when a sex offender moves into a new neighborhood the public is warned, but these same rules don’t carry over to AA meetings? Who’s benefiting from this practice? If you don’t discipline a child you could well end up with a spoiled rotten brat. Don’t discipline a criminal and it can end up much worse. In my view sending criminals to AA without forewarning it’s fellow members is criminal in its own right.

    • Yeah AA will not alter its Traditions to suit the legal system or any other body that chooses to take advantage of a free option. AA is free of charge so no wonder rehabs ship their clients and courts send its felons to it to address their addictions. It saves them money, pure and simple. Same with SMART which apparently has developed an actual program exclusively for inmates according to a poster here who is training to be a facilitator! I did not know so I looked it up. Sure enough, there on SMART website “Inside Out”. AA won’t co-operate like that – it doesn’t specialise or descriminate, its modus operandi is not to do that, it just makes itself available to “help anyone who reaches out” so it will be a cold day in hell when changes happen in AA to suit outside bodies that choose to mandate.

      • You are so right, I don’t ever expect AA to change their traditions, which tells me how much those in charge really care about the addict. Nevertheless, they have managed to fool the general public into believing their such a generous organization and until people think otherwise we can expect to keep reading the same headlines of the latest victim in the program. “Free” is definitely a key word for understanding why our courts and rehabs are sending people to AA. Rehab turned out to be so far off base from what I expected. I was dealing with a lot of life’s difficulties when I agreed to attend rehab, none of which had anything to do with my heavy drinking and everything to do with why I was drinking so much. As a result, I was experiencing severe depression and I actually believed this would be the major focus. What I soon discovered about 12-Step rehab is that it is nothing more than indoctrination into the free program of AA. It wasn’t until months later when I finally came out of my fog and eventually had my true awakening that I was able to recognize that 12-Step rehab is pretty much a money making racquet. We started our morning with a volunteer Buddhist who led us through meditation, something as a Christian I refused to participate in, but was required to attend, spending 20 minutes listening to weird music while trying to catch a catnap. After breakfast, we, the patients did the dishes and our chores. No need to hire a cleaning staff when you have free help. Then we went to our lectures where we listened to our counselors produce material to us that appeared to have been repeated hundreds of times. Later we went to our small groups, which is the one thing I actually found beneficial. Each day we went to a local gym who kindly allowed us to work out for free at no cost to us or the rehab. Finally, at the end of the evening we attended our free AA, NA, or CA meetings. During my 28 days, once a week for one hour, which was usually interrupted, we privately spent time with our counselor. We had a psychologist come once during my 28 day stay, but unless you were in need of psych meds you did not warrant a visit. I had been taking an antidepressant for a long period already so I was unable to obtain an appointment, despite the fact that my counselor once stated that I was the most depressed patient with whom she had ever worked. Finally, graduation from the program came and you were released back into the real world and told to attend your 90/90. However, as a shocker my counselor had insisted that I move into a sober living facility for several months. I found this odd as I had only drank, though very heavy, for the past 11 months after a 30 year period of abstaining. I hadn’t hit rock bottom and I couldn’t understand why she became so angry when I refused. I was 51 at the time, divorced after a 29 year marriage, which was finalized while I was in rehab. I had moved back to my hometown to help care for my elderly mother who needed me since my dad had recently passed away. I left the city in which my two adult sons’ lived and I missed them so much. My explanation was sincere, my mother needed me and after losing four loved ones in the last year and seeing my marriage fail, I will confess, I also very much needed her. My counselor was livid even after my explanation and would hardly talk to me for the remainder of my stay. Looking back it would come as no shock to me if I discovered she got some kind of a kickback for those she referred to some of the sober living facilities. When you think about it, the rehab had minimal employees, depended on the volunteers of others and our free help with chores, as well as our free AA meetings , it appeared that it wasn’t too costly a facility to run, so why the unbelievable cost to attend? Kinda makes me wonder if AA and rehabs chose to work so closely together because they both have something to gain. Also makes me question the revolving door scenario at rehabs and the failure of AA to make changes despite their terrible success rates? Maybe the really do want to keep seeing you coming back, but for different reasons than we’ve been led to believe. I have no idea, but from other things I’ve discovered, nothing would surprise me at this point.

        • I had a similar experience, went through 3 rehabs but just got more and more sick. Was in and out of AA, just couldn’t stop. Been drinking a litre of vodka a day for 30 years just to be able to physically move about. The rehabs had their own version of “12 Steps” which was different, not including the spiritual aspect. They gave us next to nothing to put in the basket, weren’t allowed money etc in treatment. Made us clean and cook and called it “therapy sessions” I was angry about the money wasted but got over it, been free of alcohol for 9 years. The smell of booze turns my stomach and I have no desire for it which is a good thing. A next time could kill me because of damage already done.

  5. Hmm, they told us something similar about the cleaning. In our case they were teaching us responsibility. I guess they assumed we were all lacking in this area. They did not allow us to have money either and very little else. We were also only allowed to make phone calls in the evening unless it was an emergency. In my opinion they reached the height of irresponsibility with a stupid decision they made while I was in their care. Before I entered rehab my lawyer and the judge made a special arrangement for me to sign my divorce papers and go to some kind of meeting with my lawyer I was required to attend. My divorce was not final when I entered rehab even though I had signed the papers, but my husband still had to meet with his lawyer and sign the papers as well and then it would have to go through whatever proceedings happen after that time. I was told there was a good chance my divorce would not be final until sometime shortly after I completed rehab, but it was possible it could happen early. My lawyer said she would contact the rehab and let me know if my divorce became final before my dismissal. This was very important for me to know because I was on my husband’s health insurance. The insurance had informed me that I had 24 hours (unless it was a weekend) to contact my husband’s HR department and re-enroll in their COBRA plan after my divorce became final and pay my much higher premium. My lawyer said she would contact me the minute my divorce was final because failure to follow through with my husband’s company and the health insurance would result in termination of my policy. I made this information very clear to those running the rehab and also made it clear that I would need to use the phone as soon as I was informed. One day while in rehab I began having chest pain and I was taken to the local emergency room. During admission I was informed that my insurance had been cancelled. I said this was impossible as I was up to date with my premiums. They went ahead and saw me because of the nature of my complaint, and I was told to contact my insurance as soon as I got back to the rehab facility and straighten out the issue. When I got back to the facility I asked to use the phone and was told, no, because it was not the proper call time and this was not an emergency. I was finally able to convince them it was an emergency when I explained that the insurance that had been cancelled was the same insurance that was paying for a big part of my stay in their rehab and if they wanted to get paid it was in their best interest to allow me to use the stupid phone before the insurance closed for the evening. HR told me I had been changed to a COBRA plan and had failed to pay my premium so I was dropped. I called my lawyer to see if she could help me with the mess. At this time she informed me that she had contacted me three times over the past 5 days and left messages with the business office in the rehab and she wanted to know why I had taken so long to return her call. I told her I had received no messages and it was then that I was informed that I had been divorced for the past 5 days. I was livid and those chest pains really kicked in, but I got through it without a return to the hospital. When I asked the business manager why I had not received my messages I was informed that the counselors thought it was in my best interest not to receive such news yet as I was still in too fragile a state both physically and mentally. I can assure you this irresponsible decision on their part increased my anxiety by a huge margin as I had way too many health problems at this time in my life to be without insurance. Fortunately, my counselor admitted the error to my lawyer, my husband’s company, and the insurance, and my lawyer was able to get the insurance to make an exception on the time frame in completing the process. Glad to hear you were able to quit drinking in your own way. AA would like us all to believe they are the only way and that is pure nonsense.

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