Indianapolis City-County Council passes finance package for Community Justice Campus
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Indianapolis City-County Council approved a finance package Monday night for a $575 million Community Justice Campus.
With bipartisan support, the council approved execution of leases with the Indianapolis-Marion County Building Authority for creation of a new jail, courthouse, and Assessment & Intervention Center on the grounds of the former Citizens Energy coke site in the Twin Aire neighborhood. The center will focus on intervention, giving people access to mental health and social services so they won’t have to resort to crime.
The passing of Proposal 367 also authorizes the Building Authority to sell bonds to finance the multi-million dollar project.
The Council has supported prior efforts to construct a new jail in Marion County, but those plans were shelved. Council President Vop Osili says this time is different because it’s not about a new building, it’s about a new way of doing things.
“Mayor Hogsett and his staff have partnered with the Council to create real criminal justice reform and develop a facilities that balance the health and safety needs of the community with those arrested and incarcerated in Marion County, along with those who work in the criminal justice system. I am grateful for Mayor Hogsett’s leadership on this issue, and to my fellow Councillors for partnering in this work,” said Osili in a press release from Council.
In May, Corporation Counsel Andy Mallon unveiled plans for the privately constructed and owned professional campus which would include leased office space for public defenders, prosecutors, probation officers and other legal service employees.
Mayor Joe Hogsett issued this statement regarding the passage of the proposal:
“Over the last three years, Marion County has been served by elected leaders that put progress above partisanship and people before politics. Tonight, that cooperative spirit moved our community forward, with the bipartisan passage of Proposal 367, a crucial final step in our work to holistically reform the local criminal justice system and construct a Community Justice Campus.
This evening’s vote is a victory for taxpayers and those who have tirelessly fought for systemic change in our justice system, and continues to prove that our residents are best served by those who are focused on doing what’s right for the people of our city, not the politics of any one party.”