Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $130,000)
The goal of the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) is to improve the Nation's safety and security by enhancing the quality, completeness, and accessibility of criminal history record information and by insuring the nationwide implementation of criminal justice and non-criminal justice background check systems. BJS provides direct financial and technical assistance to the States to improve criminal history and other related records and to build their infrastructure to connect to national record check systems both to supply information and to conduct the requisite checks.
Funds will be used to improve information exchanges between prosecutors, courts, and corrections that are classified as reportable events to the State's criminal history records repository and the FBI. Primarily, funds will be used to automate the Department of Corrections pre-sentence investigation report and create a sharable electronic disposition system in the courts. Relevant information in the disposition will be posted immediately to the State's criminal history record system, thereby improving the utility, availability, accuracy, completeness, and timeliness of Montana's criminal history records.