Two women, 28 and 20 years old, who have successfully completed the city of Las Vegas Women In Need Court, will graduate during a ceremony at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 21, in Las Vegas Municipal Court, Department 1, at the Regional Justice Center, located at 200 Lewis Ave. The Honorable Chief Judge Cynthia Leung will preside. One of the graduates is the youngest woman to participate in the program.
Women In Need (WIN) Court is a specialized program in the 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 18 months, which is cleared upon successful completion of the program.
The program requires the participants to complete drug treatment and counseling programs, earn a GED, as needed, or pursue education/training and secure employment. The defendants must stay out of trouble and abstain from drugs and alcohol during the program.
Thursday’s graduates have criminal histories that include arrests and citations over a 10- and two-year span, respectively. One graduate has been sentenced to more than 700 days in jail; the other is the youngest woman to participate and complete the program. Both of these amazing women have worked very hard on their recoveries, including securing jobs and working on their educations (one obtaining her GED and set to enroll in college classes; the other just completed her first semester of college classes). Both have re-established connections with and support from their families. They have grown into strong leaders and mentors. This graduation is a celebration of two remarkable journeys by two individuals who have reinvented themselves and become an inspiration to all that meet them.
WIN Court currently is funded by the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant and a grant from the Nevada Administrative Office of the Courts. The court celebrated its first graduate in August 2008.