The Honorable Chief Judge Cynthia Leung will preside over the 19th Las Vegas Municipal Court Women in Need (WIN) Court graduation during a ceremony at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 27, in Las Vegas Municipal Court, Department 1, at the Regional Justice Center, located at 200 Lewis Ave., Courtroom 5A. Judge Leung will be joined in this celebration by Ward 6 Councilman Steven D. Ross, members of the City Council and local judiciary.
The 42-year-old graduate has a criminal history that spans more than 20 years and includes alcohol and drug addiction and prostitution. She has worked very hard to change her life and life choices. She has completed a program at the Culinary Training Academy, graduating as a professional cook and serving a three-month culinary internship with one of the academy’s executive chefs. She worked in the kitchen beside the gourmet chefs of the evening during Project Dinner Table’s May event. Her WIN Court graduation will be the celebration of the remarkable journey of a woman who achieved her goal of becoming a professional cook and continues to work toward her dream of becoming a chef. Her strength and determination are 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 specialty court program in the Las Vegas Municipal Court available to women who have at least three prior convictions for charges related to 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.