Opening Ceremony June 3, 2010
Attorney General Eric Holder
Pledges to Put Drug Court
Within Reach of Every American in Need
"At my Justice Department this is a top priority...You have proven that redemption and rehabilitation are possible...Drug Courts reduce crime more than any other sentencing option.” -U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
The NADCP 16th Annual Training Conference featured an Opening Ceremony like no other. Over 3,300 Drug Court Professionals from around the globe filled the Hynes Convention Center to the rafters, laughing, crying and cheering their way through the 2 1/2 hour celebration that featured American Idol winner Ruben Studdard, Former Congressman Jim Ramstad (R/MN), rock and roll legend Denny Seiwell, U.S. Assistant Attorney General Laurie Robinson and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Highlights from Thursday's Opening Ceremony
“We know Drug Courts work...[they are] a justice based approach that can, in fact, change lives.”
-Assistant Attorney General Laurie Robinson
“It is up to us to convince Congress…YOU must make the call” to ensure $125 million in federal funding, urges Former Congressman Jim Ramstad (R-MN).
“We have an amazing story of hope and recovery that must be heard.”
-Chief Justice Ray Price, NADCP Board Chair
“There is no greater time in our history than now to ensure we put Drug Court within reach of all who need it.”
-NADCP CEO West Huddleston