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City evaluating Criminal Justice Complex proposals

Dave Stafford
February 21, 2014
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A representative of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard told Marion Superior judges Friday that the site of a proposed Criminal Justice Complex is still under consideration, as is who might be considered to build the facility.

Kurt Fullbeck, a project manager with the city bond bank, briefed the Marion Superior Executive Committee on the project for which the city received five responses to a request for qualifications earlier this month. The city has declined to identify respondents.

“We’re happy with the responses. We’re ecstatic about the quality of the responses,” Fullbeck said. He said no decision had been made as to where the facility for criminal courts, jails and court-related offices would be located.

“We’re continuing to do due diligence,” he said.

A city-sponsored market survey identified land near Indianapolis International Airport as the preferred site, but the proposed location has drawn criticism from judges, lawyers and residents.

According to the city’s procurement schedule, a short-list of prospective developers will be announced March 4, revised proposals would be due by in August, and a preferred developer would be selected in September. Work is expected to begin early next year with opening scheduled in 2018.

Meanwhile, five judges are expected to tour the Wake County Justice Center in Raleigh, N.C., on Wednesday. That 11-story, $180 million facility housing criminal courts and county functions opened last year across the street from the Wake County Courthouse.

 

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  1. Your article is a good intro the recent amendments to Fed.R.Civ.P. For a much longer - though not necessarily better -- summary, counsel might want to read THE CHIEF UMPIRE IS CHANGING THE STRIKE ZONE, which I co-authored and which was just published in the January issue of THE VERDICT (the monthly publication of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association).

  2. Thank you, John Smith, for pointing out a needed correction. The article has been revised.

  3. The "National institute for Justice" is an agency for the Dept of Justice. That is not the law firm you are talking about in this article. The "institute for justice" is a public interest law firm. http://ij.org/ thanks for interesting article however

  4. I would like to try to find a lawyer as soon possible I've had my money stolen off of my bank card driver pressed charges and I try to get the information they need it and a Social Security board is just give me a hold up a run around for no reason and now it think it might be too late cuz its been over a year I believe and I can't get the right information they need because they keep giving me the runaroundwhat should I do about that

  5. It is wonderful that Indiana DOC is making some truly admirable and positive changes. People with serious mental illness, intellectual disability or developmental disability will benefit from these changes. It will be much better if people can get some help and resources that promote their health and growth than if they suffer alone. If people experience positive growth or healing of their health issues, they may be less likely to do the things that caused them to come to prison in the first place. This will be of benefit for everyone. I am also so happy that Indiana DOC added correctional personnel and mental health staffing. These are tough issues to work with. There should be adequate staffing in prisons so correctional officers and other staff are able to do the kind of work they really want to do-helping people grow and change-rather than just trying to manage chaos. Correctional officers and other staff deserve this. It would be great to see increased mental health services and services for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities in the community so that fewer people will have to receive help and support in prisons. Community services would like be less expensive, inherently less demeaning and just a whole lot better for everyone.

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