Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $82,462)
The Delaware Criminal Justice Information System (DELJIS) is the State’s central repository for criminal history information. In November of 2021, the Delaware General Assembly passed Senate Bill 111, otherwise known as the “Clean Slate Act.” This bill requires the State Bureau of Identification (SBI), in conjunction with DELJIS and the Courts, to create an automatic expungement process for adult and juvenile charges that are eligible for mandatory expungement. SBI must identify and expunge cases eligible for automatic mandatory expungement on a monthly basis. DELJIS’s role in this process is to create an electronic system capable of identifying eligible individuals, cases, and charges and supply this information to the SBI. With the Superior Court, DELJIS will begin efforts to identify and address all dispositions in CJIS that do not match Superior Court records. This process will begin in Superior Court and eventually migrate through the remaining courts. DELJIS will identify individuals, cases, and charges where the disposition mismatch exists, provide this list to the relevant court, the court will then research each case and provide DELJIS with a ruling on a final disposition, at which point DELJIS will update the records within CJIS. These efforts will result in cleaning up inaccurate, pending, and open dispositions for citizens of Delaware which is the goal behind the “Clean Slate Act.” The SBI and DELJIS team will also use funds to send additional staff to criminal justice conferences to expand employees’ knowledge base and support training opportunities.