State and local officials broke ground on a 1.4 million-square-foot Indiana Department of Correction facility.
The new $1.2 billion correctional facility in Westville is part of Gov. Eric Holcomb's 2021 NextLevel Agenda and his 2023 agenda.
“Now more than ever it is crucial that we upgrade, modernize and expand our facilities that provide essential government services,” Holcomb said in a press release. “We are consolidating and building the largest correctional facility in the state with much-needed security upgrades, expanded health care and education services and an enhanced recidivism program for incarcerated individuals. The upgrades will ensure that this facility is a safe space for the incarcerated as well as correctional staff members.”
The new facility will consolidate the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City and the current Westville Correctional Facility. Up to 4,200 men will be housed in the new facility.
The Indiana Department of Administration with the Department of Corrections is renovating the Westville property, which is expected to be complete in early 2027.
“This facility is focused on safety and security, while also offering a more modern and comfortable work environment for our staff and more programming and rehabilitation opportunities for the incarcerated population,” IDOC Commissioner Christina Reagle said.
The project is estimated to create more than 1,500 construction jobs and retain more than 900 positions. Staff from both facilities will work in the new building.
Caption: Gov. Eric Holcomb and other officials broke ground Sept. 28 on the new correctional facility in Westville. (Provided by Gov. Eric Holcomb)