Marion County Criminal Justice Complex

Council panel OKs $20M in planning expenses for new justice center

July 19, 2017
Hayleigh Colombo, Indianapolis Business Journal
An Indianapolis City-County Council committee on Tuesday night unanimously approved a resolution to issue $20 million in notes to pay for planning and design costs associated with building the new criminal justice center.
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Indianapolis seeks submissions for criminal justice center services

June 16, 2017
Hayleigh Colombo, Indianapolis Business Journal
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.
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Judges make it official: Indy courts moving to justice center

April 28, 2017
IL Staff
Judges of the Marion Circuit and Superior Courts formally announced Thursday that civil and criminal courts will move from the Indianapolis City-County Building to a proposed Criminal Justice Complex on the city’s near-southeast side.
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Council panel OKs plan to reimburse city agencies for justice center planning

April 19, 2017
Hayleigh Colombo, Indianapolis Business Journal
An Indianapolis City-County Council panel Tuesday evening unanimously approved a measure that would allow the city to be reimbursed with future bond proceeds for expenses related to the planned community justice campus.
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Hogsett's criminal justice center could cost $575 million

March 1, 2017
Hayleigh Colombo, Indianapolis Business Journal
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett’s administration on Tuesday estimated that its proposed new jail, courthouse and intervention center would cost between $565 million and $575 million.
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Jury still out if Marion County courts will go to new jail location

February 8, 2017
Dave Stafford
The Indianapolis judges will decide by May 1 if their future venue will be at new justice center a few miles outside of downtown.
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Indianapolis jail at Twin Aire touted as criminal justice reform

January 31, 2017
Dave Stafford
Dozens of city, county, neighborhood and social services representatives gathered in the bracing cold Tuesday morning on the site of the decade-defunct Citizens Gas and Coke Utility plant site in the Twin Aire neighborhood just about three miles southeast of downtown Indianapolis. A new criminal justice center is proposed to rise in the 2900 block of East Prospect Avenue.
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Hogsett pushes ‘bold’ criminal justice reform

December 28, 2016
Dave Stafford
The new jail proposal also emphasizes early intervention, treatment and diversion.
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Hogsett unveils vision for jail, criminal justice reform

December 12, 2016
Dave Stafford
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett outlined his vision Monday — one he called “bold in its concept and immense in its scope” — for a new jail and a reformed criminal justice system that would prioritize mental health and addiction treatment for non-violent offenders.
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Hogsett touts task force to plan new jail, criminal justice reforms

May 12, 2016
Hayleigh Colombo, Indianapolis Business Journal
As Indianapolis faces another jail overcrowding crisis, Mayor Joe Hogsett is moving ahead in his quest to reform the city’s criminal justice system.
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City still on hook for $11.2M on abandoned justice project

November 9, 2015
 Associated Press
Taxpayers still owe $11.2 million to consultants and contractors involved with an abandoned plan to build a new criminal justice center for Marion County.
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$6 million Indy jail fail

July 1, 2015
Dave Stafford
The city of Indianapolis spent more than $6 million on a justice center proposal that died last month on the floor of the City-County Council. Law firms collected nearly 80 percent of the total.
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Council votes not to consider revised justice center plan

June 9, 2015
Indianapolis Business Journal
The City-County Council voted 16-13 Monday night against considering a scaled-down plan for a new Marion County criminal justice center.
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Developer proposes revised plan for Indy criminal justice center

June 4, 2015
Indianapolis Business Journal
The partnership that wants to develop a criminal justice center in Indianapolis has proposed a slightly scaled-down version in hopes of resurrecting the project.
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Justice center developer trying to meet with council members

May 19, 2015
Kathleen McLaughlin
The company that wants to develop a criminal justice center has invited the entire Indianapolis City-County Council to a meeting Tuesday afternoon to discuss lingering concerns about the $1.6 billion project, which died in committee last month.
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Marion County justice center debate proves divisive

April 22, 2015
Dave Stafford
Nearly a year-and-a-half after Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Marion County Sheriff John Layton and other community leaders laid out a vision for an Indianapolis criminal justice center, its future is clouded as late opposition resulted in a major setback to the plan.
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City will push criminal justice center proposal at next council meeting

April 21, 2015
Dave Stafford
The proposed Indianapolis criminal justice center plan was not placed on the agenda of Monday’s City-County Council meeting, but Mayor Greg Ballard will seek to gather votes to pass the divisive 35-year private-public partnership next month. Ballard’s statement drew a rebuke from council chairwoman Maggie A. Lewis.
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Councilors allegedly offered millions in projects for justice center votes

April 15, 2015
Dave Stafford
Indianapolis City-County Council Chief Financial Officer Bart Brown said councilors have told him they’ve been offered up to $50 million in projects spread among five districts if they vote to approve the proposed $1.6 billion criminal justice complex.
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Council committee shoots down plan for Indy justice center

April 15, 2015
Indianapolis Business Journal, Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard's $1.6 billion justice center project suffered what could be a fatal blow in an Indianapolis City-County Council committee Tuesday night.
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Justice Center needs additional bid process for key offices

April 10, 2015
Dave Stafford
The proposed criminal justice center deal before the Indianapolis City-County Council will be just the first of at least two long-term, multi-million dollar contracts. A second contract to be presented to the council later is expected to increase total construction costs by $35 million to $54 million.
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Special review panel advances Indy justice center plan

April 9, 2015
Indianapolis Business Journal, Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis City-County Council Democrats are getting nearer to their most difficult vote of the election year, as their own adviser tells them that a new criminal justice facility – however it’s built – could cost the city more money than expected down the road.
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Supporters: Justice Center needed now, will boost downtown Indianapolis

April 8, 2015
Dave Stafford
Representatives of legal, business and labor organizations said the proposed Marion County Criminal Justice Complex is a long-delayed and necessary development that would employ thousands and pump up downtown Indianapolis by vacating outdated jail and court facilities.
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Hearing to be held on proposed Indy Criminal Justice Center

April 7, 2015
IL Staff
The first of several public hearings on the proposed Indianapolis Criminal Justice Center complex will take place at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 118 of the Indianapolis City-County Building.
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Indy could be short $37M on justice center financing, analysis says

April 1, 2015
Indianapolis Business Journal, Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard's promise of financing a new justice center through operational savings is overblown, according to an analysis by the Indianapolis City-County Council.
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Council members: Delay justice center decision until after election

February 23, 2015
Indianapolis Business Journal, Kathleen McLaughlin
The odds the Indianapolis City-County Council will approve plans for a new criminal justice center this year are tanking fast.
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