Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $703,614)
The Guam Judiciary will use funds to continue efforts to strengthen Guam's criminal history records infrastructure. The goal of this project is to improve the quality, completeness, and timeliness of Guam’s criminal history records by providing adequate resources to support technology upgrades and the digitization of criminal history records that directly improve access and sharing of eligible records available to the FBI NCIC. Accordingly, the following objectives are proposed to increase and support the availability of criminal history records at the local and national levels: expand local capacity to query FBI criminal history data instantly, ensure continued technological capability to access the FBI NCIC’s NICS and III Files, digitize and update manual arrest and firearms records, warrants, archived and active court case records, and court dispositions, and provide software, licenses, and administrative resources to ensure the successful implementation of project activities. Expected outcomes include increased records and data available in local and national criminal history records systems and more timely, accurate, and complete criminal history records for data exchange. Support for its transition to a new case management system will improve the automation and access of court files, expand e-filing capabilities, ensure more effective record keeping, and improve the process of managing probation client case plans for greater efficiency. In addition, the proposed project is expected to enhance law enforcement personnel's ability to access local and national firearms data rapidly. Finally, an outcome of the conversion to NIEM XML for NICS and III records enhances Guam’s capacity to continue federal data exchange with the FBI NCIC, thereby supporting antiterrorism efforts and reducing the risk of gun violence.