Judge / Court Staff

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JUDGE KIM HALL

judgekimhall@co.starke.in.us

Judge Kim Hall is now in his 33rd year in public office in Starke County, having been elected eight times. He first served in the position of Prosecuting Attorney, beginning in 1987.  He was elected to that position five times and served in that capacity for eighteen years.  In 2004, he was elected as Chairman of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council, and represented all Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys.

Thereafter, he was elected to the position of Judge of the Starke Circuit Court, the 44th Judicial Circuit, and began serving a six year term on January 1, 2005.  He was re-elected to a second term in 2010, and a third term in 2016.

Judge Hall is a graduate of the Indiana Judicial College and the Indiana Graduate Program for Judges.  He continues his legal education in the National Judicial College and Judicial Conferences of the Indiana Supreme Court.  In 2018, he represented Starke County at a site visit in Santa Cruz, California, (funded by the Annie Casey Foundation), and met with Judges of the Superior Court of California who have been successfully implementing the national Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative.

Judge Hall served as a member of the faculty of the 2017 Annual Judicial Conference.  He currently serves on the Criminal Jury Instructions Committee of the Indiana Judges Association.

STARKE CIRCUIT COURT REFORMS AND PILOT PROGRAMS

COURT REFORM – 2019

Judge Hall has been an advocate for Indiana’s Court Reform, and has promoted the implementation of evidence-based practices throughout Starke County’s criminal justice system.  In 2017, Starke County began serving as a Pilot Program in Indiana for Evidence-Based Decision Making and Pretrial Release Reform.  EBDM utilizes empirical evidence and validated data regarding specific terms of criminal sentences that result in reduced recidivism.

Pretrial Release Reform aims to replace traditional financial bonds.  In lieu of money, the Judge often orders Home Detention, with GPS monitoring, together with conditions requiring substance-abuse counseling and the pursuit of employment.  Goals of this reform are to reduce pretrial incarceration based upon disparity of inmates’ financial resources, reduce jail overcrowding, reduce recidivism, and promote community safety.

STARKE COUNTY REGIONAL THERAPEUTIC COMMUNITY DRUG TREATMENT

In 2015, Judge Hall worked with the Governor’s Office,  the Indiana Legislature, the Indiana Department of Corrections, and the Starke County Sheriff to create the only Therapeutic Community in the state of Indiana operated by the DOC – outside of Indiana prison walls.  Judge Hall presented the proposal to the Indiana Governor’s Drug Task Force when they met at the University of Notre Dame.  The Task Force endorsed the proposal, which was subsequently accepted by the Governor, and implemented by the DOC.

Starke County hosted an Open House for the Therapeutic Community in July, 2016.

http://starkecountysheriff.com/index.php/2016/07/27/starke-county-therapeutic-community/

Regional Judges are now able to sentence convicted felons to Purposeful Incarceration in the DOC, by specifically recommending placement in the Starke County RTC.   Courts in 12 counties qualify for this unique sentencing alternative:  Starke, Marshall, St. Joseph, Elkhart, La Porte, Porter, Lake, Jasper, Pulaski, White, Cass, and Fulton.

In addition to intense therapeutic counseling, individuals take classes to earn a High School Equivalency Diploma, work in the Justice Center’s Community garden to grow produce for distribution to local food pantries and nursing homes, and participate in a variety of community service projects.  They have received inspirational visits from a former NFL player, high school teachers, a professional musician, a physical trainer, and several former addicts who have successfully achieved and maintained a sober lifestyle.

Participants now receive the most effective drug treatment offered by Indiana, which lasts between 8 and 12 months.  Dozens of individuals have now graduated from the Starke County RTC, and have returned to their families, work, and communities.

The Indiana Department of Corrections and the University of Notre Dame are presently conducting significant studies on the long-term effectiveness of the Starke County RTC on its graduates.

MAGISTRATE JEANENE CALABRESE

jcalabrese@co.starke.in.us

Magistrate Jeanene Calabrese received her Juris Doctorate Degree from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1990.  She was elected twice as Prosecuting Attorney of Pulaski County, serving two terms from 1994 to 2002.  Also, she was elected to serve as Chair of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council.  She has extensive experience as a trial attorney of major felony cases while serving in the Prosecuting Attorney’s offices of Starke, Pulaski, and St. Joseph counties.

Having been appointed to the position of Magistrate of the Starke Circuit Court on January 1, 2007, she is now in her 13th year on the Bench.

COURT STAFF

Rachel Meadows – 772-9146    Court Administrator

Delainah Hewlett – 772-9156   Court Reporter

Donna Davis –          772-9191   Court Bailiff / Jury Administrator

Karen Dunn –           772-9146    Child Support Administrator

Jessica Venice –     772-9147    Administrative Assistant / Scheduling

Toni Snearly –        772-9146     Court / Clerk Administrative Assistant

SMALL CLAIMS DIVISION

Georgette Gibbs – 772-9122   Administrator

PUBLIC DEFENDERS

Richard Ballard – Chief Public Defender

Wendell Goad – Initial Hearing / Bond P.D.  (Supreme Court Grant)

COURT SECURITY

Larry Keiser –  772-9155   Chief

Rich Miller – Chief Deputy

Pete Cross

Adam Stoll

Sam Byer

STARKE COUNTY COURT SERVICES

R. Shawn Mattraw – Director

Donna Brooks – 772-9151   Administrative Assistant

PROBATION DIVISION

http://www.co.starke.in.us/index.php/circuit-court/probation/

Chuck Phillips – Pretrial Services Probation Officer  (Supreme Court Grant)

Annette Warkentien – Probation Officer / Adults

Jaime Fletcher – Probation Officer / Adults

Kristi Nolcheff – Probation Officer / Juveniles

Sara Preston – Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative Coordinator                                                               (Funded by Annie E. Casey Foundation)

COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS DIVISION

http://www.co.starke.in.us/index.php/departments/community-corrections/

Kolleen Woods – Supervisor

Jennifer Strickland – Case Manager / P.O.

Triston Krueger – Field Officer

Jaclyn Cales – Family Reintegration Representative

COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATE – CASA

WEBSITE:      http://www.co.starke.in.us/index.php/casa/

Rhonda Adcock – 772-7200   Director

Larry Harris – Assistant Director

Lorie Reading –  Administrative Assistant

The Starke County CASA Program currently has approximately 40 trained volunteers serving the Starke Circuit Court and more than 100 Starke County Children in Need of Services.  You can join them by visiting this link:

http://nc.casaforchildren.org/volunteerinquiry/default.asp?id=11153