Letter: Justice center is boondoggle

Spending well over a half-billion dollars ($575 million projected cost) on the Community Justice Campus, now under construction in the Twin Aire neighborhood, represents fiscal recklessness at its finest by Mayor Joe Hogsett and the Democrat-controlled City-County Council. This figure also does not include the $20 million appropriated to Hogsett for design and planning of the CJC, even though the previous mayoral administration received $16 million for the same public sector project. This is a duplicitous expenditure of taxpayer dollars at work.

A much, much better and responsible course of action would have been to purchase the former 90-acre Navistar plant site on Brookville Road in 2016 for the meager sum of $5 million. The 1.9 million-square-foot plant could have easily been converted into a suitable CJC for say another $50 million. The CJC is after all principally a jail, a facility that will cater to less than 1% of the Marion County populace.

Indianapolis taxpayers should be disturbed and outraged at the hundreds of millions of dollars lost to this monstrosity of a boondoggle! This is money that should be directed to our roads, which cater to virtually all citizenry.

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Todd Riggs

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