Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $408,182)
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.
Under this award, the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority will use funds to:
1) Automate and improve the case management, processing, and communication/reporting of civil order of protection cases arising from domestic violence. Funding will be used to develop a model domestic violence/order of protection system to improve and automate the handling, processing and reporting of these cases. A database conversion project will be conducted and an interactive domestic violence electronic application will be developed for litigants to improve completion of petitions.
2) Automate the processing of emergency orders of protection in two Cook County municipal districts (Bridgeview and Markham). Also, the Cook County Clerk's Office will create an electronic interface between its criminal case management system and the Cook County Sheriff's Office system to process orders more quickly and notify the NCIC of case dispositions. The project will eliminate several manual data entry steps in the filing of protection orders.