The lawsuit was dismissed after attorneys representing the state argued her claims were brought two years and two months after the sessions ended.
The ruling said it’s reasonable she may not have known the program harmed her until after she stopped participating.
“We’re delighted to be able to now pursue the case,” said her attorney, Margery Bronster.
In a separate lawsuit, a jury found the warden did not subject women inmates to sexual humiliation and discrimination, and did not retaliate against a jail social worker who brought the suit.
Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin referenced the 2016 verdict in a statement on the 9th Circuit ruling: “The jury found the warden and state acted appropriately in their supervision of the nationally-recognized and award-winning Lifetime Stand program. If this case ultimately goes to trial, we expect the same result here.”