Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $300,000)
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 Indiana Criminal Justice Institute plans to transfer funds to Indiana Supreme Court's Judicial Automation and Technology Committee (JTAC) to continue efforts relating to the local court and prosecutor technology project. Funds are being requested to expand the interface of the statewide court case management system to the Indiana State Police criminal history record information system for the remaining courts that handle criminal cases. St. Joseph County criminal courts will be affected by this project since they do not currently send conviction information to the Indiana State Police. Funds will also be used to interface the statewide court case management system with one of the statewide prosecutor case management systems which will give the county prosecutors the ability to electronically send case and defendant data directly from the prosecutor's office to the courts.
Supplemental funds will be transferred to JTAC to rewrite the software source code for Indiana's Protection Order Registry. A rewrite of the source code will ensure that the Registry functions well within INcite, the Indiana Court Information Technology Extranet, and allow for the exchange of data between courts and state agencies that need and use court information. (CA/NCF)