Indiana's sheriffs say they need more state money to cover the costs of holding low-level nonviolent felons in county jails.
The unanimous vote also gave approval for the city to spend $4.2 million to acquire 140 acres of land from Citizens Energy Group as the site for the new jail, courthouses and mental health center.
The same proposal also authorizes the city to spend $4.2 million for the acquisition of 140 acres of land from Citizens Energy Group as the site for the new jail, courthouses and mental health center.
The Indianapolis Bond Bank is looking for firms interested in working on the city’s new criminal justice center—from providing civil engineering services to mechanical, electrical and plumbing work. The city will select contractors sometime after Aug. 1.
Judges have an aggressive timeline for making the decision whether to move courts to the Twin Aire neighborhood with the city’s proposed criminal justice complex.
Transforming the site to a criminal justice complex would take years of contaminant cleanup, officials said Tuesday, but construction could overlap with that work.
Mayor Joe Hogsett and his task force are examining potential locations that former Mayor Greg Ballard identified for a criminal justice complex, projected to cost $500 million to $600 million to construct.
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.
The program offers jail inmates job training, resume development, practice for interviewing and other employment services before they get released.
The organizations see the controversial, $1.6 billion project as a catalyst for redevelopment downtown. A City-County Council committee is set to weigh the proposed development deal Tuesday night.
Sweeping changes to Indiana's criminal code took effect Tuesday that will send more low-level, nonviolent criminals to community corrections programs and jails instead of state prisons.
The argument that the complex could help revitalize the neighborhoods near the former GM stamping plant southwest of downtown could be crucial for securing the support of residents.
City officials and real estate professionals debated on Thursday the pain from moving jails, courts and other criminal justice functions to a proposed complex outside of downtown.
Moving the Marion County Jail, courts and other criminal justice functions to a consolidated site outside of downtown could gut businesses in the Mile Square and play havoc with legal offices, attorneys say.
Marion County criminal-justice complex project could rival Indianapolis airport terminal in cost, entail public-private financing deal.
The Marion County sheriff can’t control the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, but Mayor Greg Ballard can’t tell the sheriff how to operate jails or secure the City-County Building, and, much to his frustration, he’s been unable to control the sheriff’s spending.
Former sheriffs Frank Anderson and Jack Cottey are each being paid $35,000 per year by the Marion County Sheriff’s Department for advice and work on budgeting, jail operations and other issues.
Officials from the Marion County Sheriff’s Department say they are concerned that a $10 million gap in this year’s budget will hurt their ability to pay critical bills.