My first job out of law school was as a deputy prosecutor for the Benton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. I had no background or experience in criminal justice and my undergraduate degree in business administration provided no education or background in understanding what caused someone to become involved in the criminal justice system. It was widely believed by my colleagues, and at the time myself, that every person that came through was there wholly due to a matter of personal choice. As a prosecutor, our job was to uphold the law, and if facts supported filing charges, we filed charges.
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