In December 2013, Mayor Greg Ballard, Judge David Certo and Sheriff John Layton announced plans for a new consolidated justice complex to replace the existing facilities. The existing jails, courts and office facilities are aging, inefficient and located in separate buildings. The new complex will house adult detention, inmate processing, the prosecutor, public defender, probation and community corrections and potentially other criminal justice-related agencies. The project can be funded using savings from the modern facility and will require no new taxes.
The Marion County Justice Complex will improve public safety and provide economic development opportunities across the city. The new facility will add 1,000 new jail beds to existing jail bed capacity for a total of 3,200 beds at the end of construction. The new facility will also include 1,000 community correction beds, a 500 bed increase from current capacity. Adequate space for criminal court facilities will also be added to ease overflow of courtrooms in the City-County Building.
The Marion County Justice Complex is planned to be built on approximately 40 acres in the northwestern corner of the GM stamping plant location. This site is the preferred location of the Marion County Sheriff, Superior Court Executive Committee, Superior Court Criminal Term, Circuit Court, Prosecutor, Public Defender, Community Corrections and Indianapolis Bar Association. The City is working closely with IndyGo to ensure the new justice complex is easily accessible via public transportation.
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Transmittal Letters from Stakeholders
Recommendation to the Board
First Board Presentation
April 2 Presentation
April 2nd, 5-8 p.m. City-County Bldg. Room 260
April 7th, 4:30-6:30 p.m. City-County Bldg. Room 118
April 8th, 4:30-6:30 p.m. City-County Bldg. Room 116
West Indianapolis Development Corporation
Indianapolis Bar Association
Judge Lisa Borges, Marion County Criminal Term Superior Court
Judge Louis Rosenberg, Marion County Circuit Court
Marion County Community Corrections
Marion County Public Defender Bob Hill
Marion County Sheriff John Layton
December 2013: Issue Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
February 2014: RFQ Responses Due
December 2014: Final Selection
January 2015: Introduction to City-County Council
March 2015: City-County Council to vote on approval of the project
Late 2015: Construction begins
2018: Marion County Justice Complex Opens
Mayor Ballard: Time is Now for Justice Center
John Griffin: Marion County Justice Center Project's Time Has Come
City Moves Forward on Justice Center at GM Stamping Plant Location
Three Teams Compete to Build Marion County Consolidated Justice Complex
Mayor Ballard Recommends GM Stamping Plant to Stakeholders for Marion County Justice Complex