INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Dozens of people sent a dramatic message to city leaders Saturday, urging them to do more to help those in trouble with the law.
A faith-based group called “IndyCAN” held what it called a “die-in” to show that all lives matter. They did it where the city plans to build its new criminal justice center.
Demonstrators say they agree the city needs a new jail. But they want the facility to offer more than jail cells.
They’re calling for programs to cut down on violence and to help the mentally ill.
“Are we going to stop it? no. but i think if we give young men alternatives, if we give young men opportunities for jobs, for education, and then get out of the church and get on the street and let’s mentor and help people,” said Sharon Trotter of IndyCAN
The $500 million criminal justice center will include a new jail as well as new courts and the prosecutor’s office.