In his first State of the City address, Mayor Joe Hogsett said Wednesday that crime problems wouldn't be solved simply with a new building. A new task force also would focus on issues like mental illness and addiction.
The overcrowding problem at the Marion County Jail stems from rising violent crime in Indianapolis and a state law that sends low-level offenders from state prisons to county jails, according to county officials.
Indianapolis leaders are considering giving the police chief more discretion in hiring officers in an attempt to increase the number of black officers on the force, a problem the city has struggled with for decades.
Claiming that Indianapolis law enforcement is illegally keeping millions of dollars from civil forfeitures, a national legal organization filed a complaint Wednesday to stop the flow of proceeds into city coffers.
Mayor Greg Ballard on Wednesday proposed a 5-year program to pay for preschool for 4-year-olds from low-income families. He also floated hiring another 280 police officers. The cost to the average household would be $86 per year.