The Honorable Judge Cynthia Leung will preside over the 20th Las Vegas Municipal Court Women in Need (WIN) Court graduation during a ceremony at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, 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 Councilman Steven D. Ross, other members of the City Council and local judiciary.
Lois Hockersmith, the 37-year-old graduate, has worked hard to change her life and life choices. She is employed and has successfully reunited with her young son. Graduation is the celebration of the remarkable journey of a woman who achieved her goal of a life of sobriety, being a strong mother to her sons, employment and giving back to the community that supported her in her transformation. Her strength and determination are inspirations 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 of the Las Vegas Municipal Court that is 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 GED (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.