Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $375,857)
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 Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center (ACJIC) will use funds to continue its efforts of automating court and arrest records within the state computerized criminal history (CCH) repository, and to conduct a stalking and domestic violence record improvement project. The ACJIC proposes the following activities: 1) automate dispositions and arrest records from the courts; 2) fund additional staff time to reduce the backlog of criminal fingerprint records by 50% and dispositions by 25%; and, 3) create a statewide municipal court case repository to support the electronic transfer of municipal court disposition records, specifically those relating to domestic violence misdemeanor cases to the FBI's NICS Index. (CA/NCF)