The Honorable Chief Judge Cynthia Leung will preside over the 17th Las Vegas Municipal Court Women in Need (WIN) Court graduation during a ceremony at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in Las Vegas Municipal Court, Department 1, Courtroom 5A, at the Regional Justice Center, located at 200 Lewis Ave. Judge Leung will be joined in this celebration by Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian, members of the City Council and local judiciary.
The 41-year-old graduate has a criminal history that includes arrests and citations over a 20-year span. This amazing woman has worked very hard in changing her life and life choices, including securing an executive assistant job and enrolling in college classes (completing her first semester toward paralegal certification). She has re-established connection with and support from her family and grown into a strong leader and mentor. This graduation is a celebration of the remarkable journey of a woman who has reinvented herself and become an inspiration to women in recovery and to the women who are following in her footsteps through the WIN Court program.
WIN Court is a specialized sentencing 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 prostitution- 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 women must comply with rigorous sentencing requirements throughout the program requiring the participants to complete drug treatment and counseling programs, earn a general education degree, if needed, pursue education/training and secure employment. The defendants must stay out of trouble and abstain from drugs and alcohol during the program. The court celebrated its first graduate in August 2008.
WIN Court currently is funded by an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant and a grant from the Nevada Administrative Office of the Courts.