Beginning in May 2016, I worked for the 7th Division of the Pulaski County Circuit Court under Judge Sims. The Seventh Division Court is a completely criminal circuit court, meaning that Judge Sims only hears higher-order criminal cases. The charges in these cases range from drug possession to capital murder and everything in between. Another key area of cases involves probation revocation charges. Probation can be revoked for a variety of reasons, including failing a drug test, not checking in frequently with a probation officer, and not updating contact information. The defendants in these cases were all adults, or juveniles charged as adults. They varied widely in race, gender, socioeconomic level, and age.
Pruitt, Melody, "Social Justice Practicum" (2019). Social Justice Portfolio of Melody Pruitt. 4.