The following statement was released by the IndyBar following the announcement of the selection of a preferred bidder for the proposed criminal justice complex by Mayor Greg Ballard on Friday, Dec. 12.
The Indianapolis Bar Association (IndyBar) expressed its continued optimism about the prospects of a new criminal justice center complex in light of today’s important announcement by City officials that a preferred bidder has been selected. The association noted its support of the need for ongoing collaboration by the city administration, city-county council, judiciary and other key stakeholders to continue to prioritize the creation of safe, dignified and adequate justice facilities. The IndyBar has been working for more than a decade to focus attention on the need to overhaul existing judicial resources, citing safety concerns and several other current inadequacies. For years, the organization has spearheaded efforts to make a new justice center a reality, touting the long-term benefits that would be realized by not only the people directly involved in the legal system but also the community as a whole. The IndyBar also established a website specifically devoted to the topic at www.indyjusticecenter.org.
The Indianapolis Bar Association appreciates being included as a valued and recognized stakeholder on behalf of its member professionals and the clients they represent. The IndyBar has and will continue to take an active role in the justice center planning and development process through its Justice Center Task Force, which was created in 2002. Attorney John F. Kautzman of Ruckelshaus Kautzman Blackwell Bemis & Hasbrook chairs this task force on behalf of the association, under the leadership of IndyBar President Jeff Abrams and the IndyBar Board of Directors.
The IndyBar is committed to its diligent advocacy for new judicial facilities and related infrastructure and urges all stakeholders to work together to iron out the substantial details that still remain, including the final facility design, functionality and responsible financing. The local bar looks forward to the City of Indianapolis benefiting from 21st century justice facilities. •