Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $579,494)
Under this award, the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement (LCLE) intends to work in partnership with the Louisiana Supreme Court's Case Management Information System (CMIS) to coordinate the development and the integration of the state's various criminal justice information systems. CMIS will use the Disposition Task Force and the goals of the task force to research felonies, misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence, mental health adjudication records and court ordered firearm prohibitions that are qualified, but have failed, to post or lacked critical data for submission to the Louisiana Computerized Criminal History (LACCH), for sharing with the Interstate Identification Index (III) and the FBI NCIC and NICS databases. To accomplish these goals, CMIS will contract with the Louisiana Clerks of Court Association, the Louisiana District Attorney's Association and others to provide individuals who will perform the research on individual records. The second project proposed by the Louisiana Supreme Court uses consultants to document and review the practice, in all 64 parishes, when the first appearance event occurs for a criminal defendant. At this event in a criminal case, a judge sets bail/bond and any special conditions for the bond as a result of an arrest. The focus of the research review will look at what occurs or does not occur if the judge imposes, as a condition of release, a court ordered firearm prohibition while there is no disposition for the arrest event. In addition, LSC will review the 18 courts who are successfully reporting the court ordered firearm prohibition by documenting their procedures. Taking the information gathered from the successful courts, staff will then review the process in the non-reporting courts. Using the District Court Judges Association, Clerk of Courts Association, and the Disposition Task Force, the Louisiana Supreme Court will have the non-reporting courts to implement procedures and technology to report court ordered firearm prohibitions. Funds will be used to pay for management and program support personnel, who will perform coordination and monitoring activities, including programmatic and fiscal oversight. In-state travel to conduct site visits and conference travel fees will also be covered under this award.