This justice campus east of downtown Indianapolis includes a new courthouse, detention center, sheriff’s office and an intake center focused on reducing prison populations. Input from a local task force on criminal justice reform helped shape the project’s design and programming.
All incoming arrestees will be screened for mental health and substance abuse at the facility’s Assessment & Intervention Center (AIC). Those who qualify for treatment can be referred to social services and provided legal assistance and therapy. An on-site Acute Care Unit provides state-of-the-art services for up to 300 inmates with mental and physical ailments.
A four-story, 2,700-bed adult detention center replaces Indianapolis’ aging downtown jail and increases the safety of staff and inmates with improved admissions and inmate management processes.
An 11-story, glass-and-stone courthouse brings the city’s criminal and civil courts together in one modern, efficient building and follows the task force’s recommendation of collocating the courts with the AIC and new detention center.
Construction of the $572 million Justice Center includes funds to remediate soil on the site, which once housed an industrial plant.
The project is expected to spark additional investment in the neighborhood.