Indianapolis City-County Council votes not to hear justice center proposal

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 8, 2015) – The Indianapolis City-County Council voted not to hear the proposal for a new criminal justice center at Monday night’s meeting.

Council member moved to add the criminal justice complex (Proposal 43) to the agenda, but the motion failed.

Mayor Greg Ballard released this statement in response to the justice center vote:

“For two years, Council leadership led the Justice Center stakeholders to believe they were interested in moving forward with a project that would improve the quality, safety and efficiency of our criminal justice agencies.  Twice, they expressed their commitment to developers.  Unfortunately, when these councillors saw political advantage in reversing course, they did so at great cost to taxpayers.  During the last six months, we have heard a lot of criticism from Council leadership, but nothing in the way of ideas.  Their intentional lack of engagement and unwillingness to think beyond their next political move carries a price tag. The cost of putting together a project of this scope is something this group of has known all along, and it is something for which they need to be held accountable now.”

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