Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $764,444)
Under this award, the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration, Office of Criminal Justice Programs will transfer funds to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) to aid in the state's efforts to improve criminal history records. Since the development of the automated disposition process, the TBI staff had to prioritize processing dispositions in the “pending” or “error” file based on available resources; felony offences being the top priority. Therefore, the remaining dispositions in need of processing are misdemeanors. It was estimated that since 2010, approximately 800,000 misdemeanor dispositions submitted to CCH were not able to be connected to a record; a minimum of 2.5% of which is estimated to involve a charge which could contain a DV component. TBI is requesting funds to continue contracting with Inquiries, Inc. for the 2021 grant project with a goal of processing an additional 40,000 of backlogged dispositions per year. Funds are also being requested to purchase new livescan machines, at $20,000 per system, with software upgrades, printers, interfaces, one-year maintenance/support and warranty, and other appropriate peripherals for a total of 25 agencies. TBI’s Livescan Committee will review and identify eligible applicants on a rolling basis, reviewing submitted applications monthly during the grant period. Grant funds will be used to have two staff members attend the NAJIS Conference to explore IT technologies and standards that improve and engineer information sharing throughout the United States. Program management and support will also be covered with funds from the NCHIP 2021 program.