Crime Summit 2.0: Prosecutors Forum
Tuesday, September 20 | from 6:30 – 8:00 PM
at Castleton United Methodist Church
Candidates for Marion County Prosecutor Answer YOUR Questions
Watch the replay of our Marion County Prosecutors Forum with Ryan Mears and Cyndi Carrasco
Crime, especially violent crime, is top of mind for Marion County Residents.
While there are many different ways to prevent and reduce crime and violence in Indianapolis, the Marion County Prosecutor’s office holds an essential role in keeping our city safe.
The 2021 Crime Summit brought together City Councilors, Law Enforcement, and Community leaders. This year, we’re bringing together both 2022 candidates for Marion County Prosecutor to answer YOUR questions.
Indianapolis Homicides By Year
Meet Your Candidates
Current Marion County Prosecutor
Ryan Mears has served nearly his entire career with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office. He was drawn to public service because he wants to help people and has devoted his career to being a trial attorney who stands up for others. As Prosecutor, Mears’s goal is to use his experience to make the criminal justice system fair and to ensure that everyone is treated with respect. Together, he knows that we can build a justice system worthy of the community’s trust.
Candidate for Marion County Prosecutor
What Does The Prosecutor Do?
“Under the Constitution of the State of Indiana, the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office (MCPO) represents the State of Indiana in criminal matters before the Marion County Superior Courts. The office has jurisdiction of all areas within the borders of MARION COUNTY, including the cities of LAWRENCE, BEECH GROVE, SOUTHPORT, and the town of SPEEDWAY; and the Indiana State Capital.
Approximately 30,000 criminal cases are resolved annually in Marion County through diversion, plea agreements, trials, and dismissals. An increasing number of matters are resolved through the Marion County Problem Solving Courts and other alternative dispositions.
The prosecutor is elected by the voters of Marion County to a four-year term and has wide discretion and immunity regarding whether/what to charge. The Marion County City-County Council must approve the prosecutor’s budget annually.
The prosecutor’s office sets standards for the criminal justice system in Marion County by increasing access to justice, fairness, and equity while maintaining the highest ethical standards and preserving the rights of victims.”
Meet Your Moderator
Jill Sheridan Poulos
Reporter for WFYI
Ask Your Questions
Over 150 questions were submitted by residents of Indianapolis. Those questions were then grouped by subject and intent and asked by our moderator live to Prosecutor Ryan Mears and Cyndi Carrasco.
Castleton United Methodist Church
7101 N. Shadeland Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46250
Enter the building through the main sanctuary doors on Shadeland Avenue (look for the big white columns).
Press may attend, but no cameras will be permitted inside the building.