Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $147,760)
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 Connecticut Office of Policy and Management will use funds to enable automated reporting of domestic violence misdemeanor convictions (including all disposition types) to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The Judicial Branch database of active and terminated protective orders will be reprogrammed to receive conviction information from the Criminal Records Motor Vehicle System (CRMVS), properly identify qualifying misdemeanor convictions and the offender's relationship to the victim, and transmit the offender identification and address information to NICS when applicable. The registry will also be reprogrammed to receive revocation status information from the Firearms Unit Systems, and to display such information to notify courts when firearms have not been surrendered by a defendant subject to a protective order.