About State’s Attorney


Jackson County State's Attorney Michael Carr

Contact:

Jackson County Courthouse
1001 Walnut Street
Murphysboro, Illinois 62966
Phone: 618-687-7200
Fax: 618-687-7215
E-mail: statesattorney@jacksoncounty-il.gov

Jackson County State’s Attorney

Michael Carr

Michael “Mike” Carr was elected as the Jackson County State’s Attorney in November 2012. In November 2016, he ran unopposed and was re-elected to serve his second term. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Government from Southern Illinois University and his J.D from Southern Illinois University School of Law. He served as an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at the SIU School of Law between 2006 and 2012. He is a former Student Body President, SIU Alumni Association Board President, and SIU Foundation Board President. He was a three-term elected School Board member of Carbondale, School District 95 where he served as chairman of the District’s policy committee for over a decade. He is a member of the Carbondale School District 95 Hall of Fame.

His career as a prosecutor has spanned over three decades. Previously, Mr. Carr was an Assistant State’s Attorney in Williamson County, the First Assistant State’s Attorney for Jackson County and an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

As a Federal Prosecutor, he handled a wide variety of high profile trials and appeals. In 1984, he prosecuted two First Degree Murder cases involving the stabbing deaths of two guards by three inmates at the United States Penitentiary at Marion, Illinois. Between 1986 and 1990 he prosecuted over 250 defendants in numerous trials involving what was then the largest cannabis importation conspiracy in history 620,000 pounds of cannabis imported from Columbia to various ports throughout the United States. His prosecutions in those cases lead to seizures of over 120 million dollars, a casino in California, a boat manufacturing company in Florida, and numerous homes, boats and vehicles, one being the race car driven by the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the year in 1986. In 2005, he successfully prosecuted a public corruption case involving a vote buying scheme by numerous Democratic precinct committeemen from East St. Louis. Before leaving his position as a federal prosecutor, Mr. Carr was involved in the prosecution of the former Gallatin County, Illinois sheriff for drug distribution and solicitation to murder federal witnesses.

In 1989, Mr. Carr was appointed by the Attorney General of the United States to serve as the first Senior Litigation Counsel in the Southern District of Illinois. He also served as the chief of the Criminal Division in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois, where he supervised federal prosecutions for over a decade in the 38 southern counties of Illinois. He was also a member of the Department of Justice’s Evaluation and Review Team, which is responsible for the evaluation of all U.S. Attorney Offices. He served as a Department of Justice Special Prosecutor in the Eastern District of Missouri and the Southern District of Indiana. In 2011, he received the Department of Justice’s Distinguished Service Award, presented to him by the Attorney General in Washington, DC. As State’s Attorney of Jackson County, Mr. Carr is a member of the Illinois State’s Attorneys Association’s Best Practices Committee.

He has been married to Nancy Buffum Carr, a lifelong resident of Carbondale, for 36 years. Together they have two adult children, Timothy and Katie.

Office Hours:

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday through Friday
Closed on all Federal
and State holidays.

Contact Us:

Jackson County Courthouse
1001 Walnut Street
Murphysboro, Illinois 62966
Phone: 618-687-7200
Fax: 618-687-7215
E-mail: statesattorney@jacksoncounty-il.gov