Beginning in May 2016, I worked for the 7th Division of the Pulaski County Circuit Court under Judge Sims for my capstone internship. The seventh division 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 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 Capstone Essay" (2019). Social Justice Class Papers. 24.