Change is coming to Faulkner County in the form of a tough female prosecutor. Thirty-six-year-old Carol Crews will be sworn in January 1. But she’s no stranger to the job requirements; she’s been prosecuting for more than 10 years. Crews says, “The fact that I am the first female to be elected to represent the 20th judicial district as their prosecuting attorney is such an honor.”
Crews started in the Pulaski County Prosecutors office straight out of law school in 2007. She moved to the Faulkner County Prosecutor’s office four years later. She admits in law school she promised herself she’d never do criminal justice or tax work. But a clerkship during law school quickly changed her mind. Crews became passionate about helping victims, working with law enforcement, and fighting for justice.
“I can’t see myself doing anything other than being a prosecutor,” Crews says, “there’s a certain satisfaction that comes from listening to what happened on the worst day of a person’s life, helping them navigate through the confusing and complex criminal justice system; and to be their voice in court. When a victim tells me ‘thank you’ after trial, it means so much to me.”
Crews calls herself ‘a tough and experienced advocate for victims.’ I asked her what exactly that meant. She gave the example of a man who was repeatedly being arrested for aggravated robbery; he was robbing gas stations across several counties.
“In other cases in other counties, prosecutors were reducing his charges to just robbery; dropping the ‘aggravated’ part. Robbery brings a much lighter sentence than aggravated robbery. He (the criminal) actually asked me to reduce his charges. No way. He can’t keep terrorizing people.” Crews says in general, she’s slow to agree to plea deals and much more prone to take a case to court.
“Victims and their families deserve their day in court. They want to show pictures of their loved one to the jury and talk about how that person lived their life; and what’s missing with them gone,” she says. “I’ll spend hours with family members and victims making sure they’re a part of the process.”
Crews said she’s one of only five female prosecutors to be sworn in across the state in January. There are 28 in total.
She says, “I didn’t want people to vote for me because I was a woman. I wanted them to vote for me because of my record. Voters picked the most experienced candidate; but criminal justice is still predominately men.”
In fact, her husband Jordan is among them. He’s an attorney for the Department of Justice. Carol and Jordan value family time with their 3-year-old son; especially since Jordan recently survived a life-threatening aneurism.
“He was having chest pain that caused him to see our family doctor. A genetic heart defect was discovered which had caused a sizable aneurism of his aortic valve,” Crews explains.
After open heart surgery, Jordan now lives with an artificial heart valve and must remain on blood thinners his entire life.
Crews says, “I’m so thankful to the doctors and nurses that worked so diligently to save his life…God chose to spare his life and for that I will be forever thankful.”
Carol and Jordan adopted their son, Jackson, as a newborn. She talks about the day they brought him home from the hospital. “I’ve often heard the phrase, ‘your child is your heart living outside of your body.’ I’ve found that to be so true. Being a mother highlights why my job is so important; prosecutors fight for the innocent, and for those who cannot fight for themselves. Becoming a mother has invigorated my passion to fight for child victims in court. Kids are so innocent and deserve a childhood free from abuse.”
As a family, the Crews enjoy quiet nights at home, going to the beach, and time with family and friends. They love living in Conway.
Crews says, “It’s a terrific place to raise a family! Our son’s third birthday party was at the splash pad this summer. He still talks about how much fun it was!”
The Crews also enjoy concerts at UCA, date night at WunderHaus, attending Fellowship Bible Church, and carriage rides downtown at Christmas time.
“We feel so blessed to call Conway home. It is such an honor to be entrusted with this great responsibility for the people of Faulkner, Van Buren, and Searcy counties,” says Crews.