Justice Cobb to be honored with Drug Court Leadership award

Alabama Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb
Alabama Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb

The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) is honoring outgoing Alabama Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb with its National Leadership "Taking Drug Courts to Scale" Award. The honor will take place during the 17th Annual NADCP Drug Court Training Conference this week in National Harbor, Maryland.

NADCP presents the National Leadership Award to an individual or state which exemplifies the spirit, drive, and commitment to putting a Drug Court within reach of every person in need.

"Chief Justice Cobb is a true visionary," said NADCP CEO West Huddleston. "Her efforts to expand Drug Courts statewide will save countless lives and leave a lasting legacy on every community in Alabama."

Alabama's first drug court was established in Mobile County in 1993, just four years after the nation's first drug court took shape in Miami-Dade County, Florida. When Cobb became Chief Justice in January 2007, only 19 of Alabama's 67 counties had drug courts.  Today there are 63 adult drug courts located throughout 59 Alabama counties as well as 13 juvenile drug courts and 12 family drug courts.  Alabama is now one of the model drug court systems in the nation.

While testifying in April 2010 on Capitol Hill before the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, Chief Justice Cobb stated:  "As a chief justice, I feel I have an obligation to ensure that justice in my state is meted out as effectively, efficiently, and with the greatest result on public safety as possible.  This is the reason I have pushed so ardently for the establishment of Drug Courts."

INFORMATION SOURCE: Alabama Unified Judicial System