The first woman to successfully complete the city of Las Vegas' Women In Need Court will graduate during a ceremony at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 12, in Judge Bert Brown’s Courtroom 6C, Department 4, at the Regional Justice Center. Women In Need, or WIN, Court is a specialized program overseen by Judge Brown in the city of Las Vegas Municipal Court that is available to women who have at least three prior convictions for charges related to soliciting prostitution. Most have a long history of soliciting and drug related charges. All participants have 180 days of jail time suspended for one year, which is cleared upon successful completion of the program.
The program’s first graduate, a 24-year-old woman, has been in the program for one year and has successfully completed the program. WIN Court has been offered for one year and was funded through a three-year grant approved by the City Council. Currently there are six women enrolled in the program, and once completed they will graduate at various times throughout of the year.
The program finds housing for the participants and requires counseling. The defendants must stay out of trouble and abstain from drugs and alcohol during the program.
“The population we are dealing with is very difficult,” Judge Brown said. “These women have psychological and substance abuse issues that are extremely difficult to overcome. I am very proud of what this young lady has been able to overcome. She will be a role model for all of those who follow.”