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JUDGE KIM HALL

judgekimhall@co.starke.in.us

Judge Kim Hall is now in his thirty-first 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 to represent all Prosecuting Attorneys in Indiana, serving as Chairman of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council.

Thereafter, he was elected to the position of Judge of the Starke Circuit Court, 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 Valparaiso School of Law, 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.

Judge Hall served as a member of the faculty of the 2017 Annual Judicial Conference.

2017 COURT REFORM

Judge Hall has been an advocate for Court Reform, and has led the effort to implement evidence-based practices throughout Starke County’s criminal justice system.  In 2017, Starke County is serving as a Pilot Program in Indiana for Evidence-Based Decision Making and Pre-trial Release Reform.

STARKE COUNTY REGIONAL THERAPEUTIC COMMUNITY DRUG TREATMENT

In 2015, Judge Hall worked with the Governor’s Office,  the Indiana Legislature, and the Indiana Department of Corrections, to create the only Therapeutic Community in the state of Indiana operated by the DOC – outside of 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, and a video of that event may be viewed here:

http://www.co.starke.in.us/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 to the office of Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney, 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 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 eleventh 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

COURT SECURITY

Larry Keiser -  772-9146    Chief

Rich Miller – 772-9146    Chief Deputy

CIRCUIT COURT / SMALL CLAIMS DIVISION

Georgette Gibbs – 772-9122   Administrator

CIRCUIT COURT PROBATION DEPARTMENT

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


John Thorstad – Chief Probation Officer

Donna Brooks – Administrative Assistant

Annette Warkentien – Probation Officer / Adults

Jaime Fletcher – Probation Officer / Adults

Chuck Phillips – Probation Officer / Pretrial Services Officer (Grant)

Kristi Nolcheff – Probation Officer / Juvenile Officer

Sara Preston – Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative Coordinator (JDAI Grant)

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

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