Construction on criminal justice center starts Thursday

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - It's been a long time coming, but construction will finally start on the new criminal justice center Thursday.

It's going up at the site of the old Citizens coke plant on the east side of Indianapolis. Crews will build a new jail, courthouse, sheriff's office and a treatment center.

"Our effort in our criminal justice reform campus will be how do we keep people out of jail and in productive roles in society and not just lock them up because they're addicted to something or because they have some kind of mental health challenge," said Mayor Joe Hogsett.

The project will cost an estimated $571 million. The first phase of development will focus on the jail and the courthouse.