Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $1,200,000)
The NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007, Pub. L. 110-180 ("NICS Improvement Act"), was signed into law by the President on January 8, 2008. The NICS Improvement Act amends the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 ("the Brady Act") (Pub. L. 103-159), under which the Attorney General established the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The Brady Act requires Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) to contact the NICS before transferring a firearm to an unlicensed person for information on whether the proposed transferee is prohibited from receiving or possessing a firearm under state or federal law. The NICS Improvement Act authorizes grants to be made in a manner consistent with the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP).
Under this award, the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute plans to transfer funds to Indiana Supreme Court's Judicial Automation and Technology Committee (JTAC) to deploy Odyssey, Indiana's court case management system, in Grant and Hancock counties. With the deployment of Odyssey, all felony convictions will be sent electronically to the state repository housed at the Indiana State Police. Funds will also be used to assist with the rewrite of Indiana's criminal history repository to include scanning, indexing, storage, and retrieval of document images.