Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $105,128)
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 California Department of Justice (CA DOJ) will pass through NCHIP funds to the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) for the purpose of developing a systems interface that will allow for the exchange of adjudicated cases from 58 superior courts. The AOC has been in the process of developing the infrastructure, documentation and applications to capture, extract and format the data to conform to the CA DOJ National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) based exchanges.
The development of the NIEM interface with the courts will help close the gap of approximately 50% of underreported judicial cases from the courts to the DOJ. In particular, the proposal will support the deployment of the California Case Management System (CCMS) and the information sharing approach where it specifically relates to CA DOJ reporting. The CCMS is a statewide case management system that is being developed to meet the needs of all California trial courts. Funds will also be used to train county courts on those new processes developed.