Las Vegas drug court judge Jackie Glass is leaving the bench to host the CBS syndicated program “Swift Justice,” says the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Glass replaces Nancy Grace on the program. Glass caught the eye of the producers presiding over the 2008 O.J. Simpson armed robbery trial. Glass said she will interact with participants in the show much like she does with participants in drug court, where she roams around the courtroom handing out “judge hugs” to those who stay clean and admonishments to those who are not.
Drug courts are considered successful partly because judges and other drug court team members are up close and personal. They leave no room for participants to wiggle or try to game the system. Glass also runs a mental health court in Las Vegas. CBS described Glass as a judge who has a “no-nonsense courtroom style” and hands down long sentences. The show was nominated for an Emmy.