November 30, 2018

Why Some Indy Residents Are Hopeful About A Jail Complex Moving In


The plot of land is southeast of downtown Indianapolis, between Fountain Square and Irvington. - Drew Daudelin/WFYI

The plot of land is southeast of downtown Indianapolis, between Fountain Square and Irvington.

Drew Daudelin/WFYI

Twin Aire, a neighborhood on the southeast side of Indianapolis, was a thriving, popular place in the 1950's. But it’s been in steep decline ever since, especially after the Citizen’s Energy coke plant closed about ten years ago.

Indianapolis city-county councillors recently approved plans for a massive new jail complex to be built on the empty site the coke plant inhabited.

The mayor’s office pitched the project as a vehicle for criminal justice reform, touting the inclusion of a mental health facility. And it pitched it as an economic stimulant for the area.

WFYI City Desk reporter Drew Daudelin spoke with resident Amber Broughton, a member of the Twin Aire Neighborhood Coalition, about what the so-called "community justice campus" might bring to the neighborhood.

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