Indianapolis would spend more than $1.5 million in economic stimulus funds on prisoner education and re-entry services, says the Indianapolis Star. The proposal — part of the city’s plan for using $6.4 million earmarked for law enforcement activities — calls for hiring 200 ex-convicts in temporary jobs at the Indianapolis Department of Public Works.
The proposal also calls for spending about $1.3 million to upgrade the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s automated fingerprinting system, which David Wu, policy director for Mayor Greg Ballard, said will become obsolete by this fall. Wu said Indianapolis’ goal was to spread the money around the justice system. Another part of the proposal includes spending $575,000 to build two new juvenile reception centers.