Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $366,000)
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 New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety will transfer funds to the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) to enhance the state's criminal justice information sharing systems. AOC is seeking funds to develop a formal audit process for disposition reporting. Results of the audit will be distributed to state agencies for review and action. In addition, funds will be used to review and programmatically improve disposition reporting through the interface between PROMIS/Gavel (NJ Indictable Case Management System) and the state's criminal history repository.
In addition, AOC will receive funds to establish a web-based portal for New Jersey's law enforcement community to gain access to all criminal restraining orders in one location. Through the portal, law enforcement will have access to all pertinent restraining order data, whether it is related to domestic violence, a sexual offense, or a drug offense.