Slight bumps reported on the road leading to the opening of the community justice center

INDIANAPOLIS – It’s been over fifty years since Marion County opened completely renovated prisons and courts in Indianapolis.

Soon, the new $ 566 million community justice center in Twin Aire will open for a new Marion County jail and civil and criminal courts.

“The courts are currently expected to move in the second and third weeks of February,” said Sarah Riordan, executive director of the Indianapolis Public Improvement Bond Bank at the Criminal Justice Planning Council recently. “Regarding the adult detention center, this move will take place in January. The sheriff is keeping the exact dates of the inmates’ relocation from Prison 1 and Prison 2 secret for obvious reasons.

The change of location comes as the Marion County Sheriff cuts off some of the arrest services he had provided to the IMPD for more than a decade, including transporting arrested people and securing injured people in a state of repair. arrest at Eskenazi hospital.

“If we can do something here without having to drive all the way to Eskenazi, it’s better for everyone and for taxpayer dollars,” Sheriff Kerry Forestal told Fox 59 News last month.

At the time, Forestal estimated he could reassign 25 MPs providing transport and security services to his new prison which can accommodate up to nearly 3,000 people.

Forestal says he is missing a hundred employees.

As of mid-December, the prison population stood at 2,128 inmates at Jail One and Jail Two, the county’s private jail.

Forestal estimates that closing Prison 2 will take an annual expense of $ 18 million off its books, however, staff at the new prison will increase labor costs and ultimately save it $ 7 million per year. .

Last week, the sheriff made deals with Cumberland, Beech Grove, Southport, Lawrence and Speedway Police Departments to continue transporting those arrested and providing security in Eskenazi for those arrested for violent crimes.

The IMPD was not included in that deal and this weekend was forced to take a detective off rotation for several hours to secure an injured arrested person in hospital.

Metro PD said it would resort to paying officers overtime to transport those arrested while stepping up the hiring and posting of public security officers to drive jail cars.

While the Marion County courts move is still a month away, the judges hope the time can be used to clear the bugs in the courtrooms that will be housed several floors below their desks in the new building.

During a recent visit to the courthouse, four judges were stuck in an elevator for 15 minutes.

One of them told Fox59 News that the judges are also looking for improved access to computer ports in their new courtrooms.

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