Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, along with city officials and community partners, celebrated the opening of the new Indianapolis-Marion County Community Justice Campus on the city’s southeast side Monday. The $575 million complex houses the Marion County Superior Court, Marion County Circuit Court, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the Adult Detention Center and the Assessment and Intervention Center.
“The opening of the Community Justice Campus represents the closing of multiple jails and the opening of the first, purpose-driven facility built for our City’s criminal justice system in nearly 60 years,” Hogsett said. “As we mark this occasion, we recognize that our work to reform our criminal justice system is not finished. Because we did not set out to build buildings, we set out to change as many lives as possible.”
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office moved its operations to the new campus earlier this year. Along with increased capacity, the city says the new center features advanced technology and monitoring capabilities, as well as improved physical and mental health services for inmates.
Earlier this month, the Marion Superior Court moved its operations to the new courthouse. The city says the courthouse includes 71 court rooms supporting 36 Superior Court Judges, 1 Circuit Court Judge and 45 Magistrates.
“For the first time in many years our local Judiciary will be united on one campus,” said Judge Jones. “The technological capabilities of the new Courthouse are unmatched. We can now allow for increased opportunities for remote appearances as well as digital evidence presentation and preservation. We also have a robust legal resource center that will provide assistance to individuals navigating the court system as well as enhancing their access to justice.”
The Indianapolis City-County Council approved funding for the campus in 2018.