Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $1,622,013)
For more than a decade, the Indiana Supreme Court, Office of Court Technology (IOCT) has worked with prosecutors, and state and local law enforcement agencies to improve the completeness, timeliness, and accuracy of criminal records maintained by the Indiana State Police (ISP) and the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Although significant improvements have been made, there is still more that can be done. The lack of data sharing between the jails, ISP, prosecutors and the courts is the missing link for Indiana to reach the goal of 100% record completeness in state and federal criminal history repositories. Although data is currently shared from ISP's fingerprint system with prosecutors and courts, it is not shared with the jail systems.
The Indiana Supreme Court received FY 2020 NARIP funding to support the design and development of a basic jail management system for use in Indiana counties. Funds are being requested, through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, to continue the development of the jail management system which will allow IOCT to continue its comprehensive efforts to improve the quality of data sent to NICS today, and will fill in the gaps of the missing number of arrest and conviction records sent to the Indiana State Police criminal history repository and NICS. Indiana is working toward 100% compliance with reporting of arrests and dispositions to Indiana State Police from the courts. Indiana agencies are still missing over 40% of matching arrests with dispositions. The new jail management system will address the problem areas that have been identified as preventing Indiana from reaching 100% compliance. By building a jail management system that not only collects the required data at the time of arrest but alerts the users when data is missing or incomplete, Indiana will be closer to reaching its goal of 100% reporting of all arrests (from jails) and dispositions (from courts) to the Indiana State Police database accessed by the NICS. Deployment will occur in three counties with the completion of the jail management system.