JUDGE KIM HALL
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, meeting with Judges of the Superior Court of California who have been successfully implementing the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative.
Judge Hall served as a member of the faculty of the 2017 Annual Judicial Conference.
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.
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
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.
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
Richard Ballard – Chief Public Defender
Wendell Goad – Initial Hearing / Bond P.D. (Supreme Court Grant)
Larry Keiser – 772-9155 Chief
Rich Miller – Chief Deputy
STARKE COUNTY COURT SERVICES
R. Shawn Mattraw – Director
Donna Brooks – 772-9151 Administrative Assistant
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
Kolleen Woods – Supervisor
Jennifer Strickland – Case Manager / P.O.
Triston Krueger – Field Officer
Jaclyn Cales – Family Reintegration Representative
COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATE – 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: