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About The District

Acting U.S. Attorney John Childress


John Childress

Department of Justice

            - First Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Indiana

            - Interim U.S. Attorney, Central District of Illinois, November 2017-2018

                        - Attorney General Advisory Committee:

                                    - White Collar Crime Subcommittee

                                    - Domestic Terrorism Subcommittee

            - Criminal Chief, Central District of Illinois, 2013 to November 2017

                        - Additional assignments:

                                    - Springfield (headquarters) Branch Supervisor

                                    - Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council Coordinator

            - Associate Circuit Judge, 7th Judicial Circuit, Illinois, 2007 to 2013                       

            - First Assistant U.S. Attorney, Central District of Illinois, 2006 to 2007                       

            - Assistant United States Attorney, Central District of Illinois, 2001 to 2006

                        - Additional assignment:

                                  - Computer/Intellectual Property Coordinator

Federal Judicial Clerkship

            - Honorable R. Mills, U.S. District Judge, Central District of Illinois, 1990-1992         


            - J.D., Duke University, 1990

            - B.A. Political Science (with honors), Indiana University, 1987, Phi Beta Kappa

Military Service

         - Operation Iraqi Freedom (2004-2005)

                        - Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Combat Action Badge



The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana is the Chief Federal Law Enforcement Officer for the District. The United States Attorney enforces the federal criminal laws in the Southern District of Indiana in the Unites States Courts, represents agencies of the United States in civil cases, and argues on behalf of the United States to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

The Southern District of Indiana consists of the southern sixty (60) counties of the state. The District is divided into four (4) divisions: Indianapolis, Terre Haute, Evansville, and New Albany.

Cases are filed in the Division having venue of the action, with certain exceptions (e.g. cases which normally would fall into different divisions but which are related to one another by defendant and/or subject matter will often be accepted for filing in a single Division).

The United States Attorney's Office is based in Indianapolis, with a staffed office in Evansville, and unstaffed offices in New Albany and Terre Haute.

The Mission of the United States Attorney's Office is to:

  • Fairly and justly prosecute violations of federal criminal law and to represent the United States and its agencies in civil litigation;
  • Educate and inform the public, including victims of crime, about the functions of the justice system and the rights of all citizens;
  • Assume a leadership role in crime prevention through speaking engagements and community involvement; and
  • Conduct federal and local law enforcement training and facilitate cooperation and collaboration among law enforcement agencies.

The United States Attorney has defined the district priorities in a Strategic Plan that will shape the focus of the office. The Strategic Plan can be accessed here.

Updated December 10, 2020

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