Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $150,000)
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.
The Rhode Island Public Safety Grant Administration Office will use funds to: (1)partially support court staff efforts to enter disposition data into the criminal history repository; (2)support an additional programmer to make upgrades to the Department of Corrections Inmate Facility Tracking System and provide training in the new technology to Department personnel; (3)support the implementation of nexTEST, an automated and secure software application designed to strengthen and manage the state's criminal history data user training, testing, and certification processes to ensure compliance with FBI requirements and safeguard the state's criminal history data; (4)partially fund the NCHIP grants administrator at the Rhode Island Public Safety Grant Administration Office; (5)support staff efforts to reconcile criminal history data in records maintained by the Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General with the data in the FBI files; and (6)upgrade Livescan equipment to include additional text fields to identify the underlying criminal charges for individuals arrested on a warrant in order to match the record to a corresponding disposition. CA/NCF