Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $200,000)
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.
Under this award, the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) will use funds to improve the accuracy, timeliness, and completeness of criminal history records in the state by implementing the Court Disposition Project. The OCJS will properly identify individuals appearing before a court by purchasing 24 Livescan machines to be placed throughout the state. This will ensure all dispositions from those courts will have a fingerprint attached in order to resolve matching problems with the original arrest records. By resolving this problem, accurate and complete fingerprints and dispositions will be available in a timely manner to the state repository at the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation and to the federal systems.