Review the November 2005 presentation to the Marion County Criminal Justice Task Force and
media coverage by clicking on Additional Reports and Media Clippings in menu at left.
The Justice Center Task Force seeks to cause the building of a new justice center in
Marion County that will allow for safe, efficient, economical, and dignified administration
of justice. The Task Force will work towards this end through its Campaign For a Safe and
Adequate Justice Center. The Campaign will seek to cause local decision-makers to support
and act on this important issue.
Did You Know . . . interesting facts supporting the need for a safe, adequate and dignified
The City-County Building was planned in 1953 and dedicated in 1963.
In 1960, the city of Indianapolis was home to 476,000 residents surrounded by mostly rural areas.
Today the metropolitan area houses more than 1.6 million.
Plans for the City-County Building were drawn 50 years ago with the main focus of the building to
be office space.
Crime has unfortunately increased substantially (averaging approximately 30,000 serious reported
crimes annually by IPD alone). Litigants are no longer always predictable or reasonable, and
building security concerns are paramount.
Today there are 32 courts squeezed into an antiquated office building originally designed for 20
courts, an increase of 129%.
More than 60 judicial officers are attempting to manage more than 240,000 new cases filed each
year, including nearly 3,000 major felonies annually and almost 40,000 total criminal cases
annually. This work is conducted in makeshift space posing a safety risk to litigants, witnesses, family members, court staff, and the public at large.
Chain gangs walk the same hallways as witnesses, jurors and children and often only one police
deputy is available to walk down the halls with the prisoners.
Some of the courtroom spaces place defendant, plaintiff, attorneys, judge and witnesses all
within arms length of each other.
The major drug court, administrative offices and deliberating room are controlled by one