Council allocates money for community justice campus and immigrant legal aid

Jill Sheridan WFYI

Indianapolis City and County Councilors have invested money in two issues of great public interest.

The council approved an additional $ 46 million for the community justice campus which is under construction. The campus is part of a local initiative to approach criminal justice in a more holistic way.

The council also approved a measure to pilot a new $ 100,000 legal protection fund for immigrants.

In a statement sent to WFYI ahead of the meeting, the Immigrant Reception Center said it felt this support was essential: “These community members also have difficulty accessing legal services due to their barriers. linguistic and cultural. They may also have different legal issues than other clients of legal services. “

Members of the Republican Council pushed back the vote to allocate money for aid. District 18 councilor Michael Paul Hart said the money should be used for other services.

“From fixing streets and potholes to public safety to mental health,” Hart said.

Democratic Councilor Jessica McCormick spoke out in favor of the financial support.

“Our immigrant members of our community are residents of our community,” said McCormick.

The council also voted to maintain public health orders made before Governor Holcomb’s veto was rescinded preventing local health departments from issuing public rules in the event of a health emergency.

Marion County Public Health Director Virginia Caine has asked for ratification of the county’s existing public health orders.

“So that we can keep our residents safe and our city on track,” Caine said.

Council had a full role on Monday, and other measures included a smoking ban in public parks in Indianapolis, which passed through party lines.

The meeting began with special resolutions to remember the victims of the mass shooting at a FedEx facility last month. He also recognized the work of those who provided food aid during the pandemic.

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