City leaders break ground for new Community Justice Campus

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INDIANAPOLIS — More than 200 people gathered for the ceremonial groundbreaking for Marion County's new Criminal Justice Campus.

The project, estimated to cost $571 million, is planned for the 140-acre site of the former Citizens Energy Coke plant along Prospect near Keystone. It will house the jail, courts, sheriff's office and an assessment and intervention center to treat those with mental health issues and addictions.

"We look forward to a brighter future that will come with an overhaul of the criminal justice system that prioritizes people over prisoners and the long-awaited revitalization of our southeast side," Mayor Joe Hogsett said.

Phase one of development includes construction of the building pads and utility corridors for the jail and courthouse with requests for proposals (RFP's) for construction of the two buildings expected back this fall.

The project is expected to be finished in early 2021.