City county council committee takes up proposed Criminal Justice Center

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 24, 2015) – A Tuesday evening meeting could set the tone for the debate surrounding the proposed Criminal Justice Center. The Rules and Public Policy Committee will take up two proposals related to the $1.6 billion deal. Committee members will decide whether or not to establish a board to review the project. The other proposal would move plans for the center out of committee and put it before the full council.

The meeting comes as council members from both parties are voicing their concerns about details surrounding the deal. They’re also asking for more time to vet any projected savings associated with having the jail, courts and other services in one building.

Republican councilor Benjamin Hunter and Democrat Mary Moriarty Adams have even suggested holding off on making any decisions until after the election.

FOX59 reached out to the Marion County Clerk’s Office and Marion County Sheriff’s Department to see if either one had agreed to any cost saving measures. A spokesperson for the sheriff said the department is expected to reduce staffing but was unable to say how much of a reduction would take place. Clerk Myla Eldridge has been asked to find efficiencies. Last week she sent a letter to consultants expressing concern about potential cuts.

“Those discussions are ongoing with all stakeholders and again looking at creative ways to identify resources that may be used now that won’t be necessary once a new facility opens but those discussions continue to happen,” said Jen Pittman, spokesperson for Mayor Greg Ballard.