First public hearing on new justice center set for tonight

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Indianapolis wants to put every element of the justice center in one spot.

Officials say having a single facility, like the one unveiled last week, would cut the high gas and security cost of transporting prisoners between lockup, jail, court and back to jail again.

They need 35 acres to get it done. Two locations are currently up for debate - the old Indianapolis airport or the old GM stamping plant along the White River.

That debate hits the City-County Council tonight. It's the first large scale public meeting to cover the issue.

Opponents are expected to speak out against putting the facility in their neighborhood. They also still hold out hope that the GM site could be an industrial location again, paying taxes and creating jobs.

Tune in for David MacAnally's full report on the Nightbeat tonight at 11:00.