Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $87,500)
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 Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement (LCLE) will continue efforts to improve the data quality of criminal history records with enhancements to Louisiana's Case Management Information System (CMIS). CMIS staff will: 1) continue to work with the Louisiana State Police to match criminal dispositions with arrest records; 2) improve the number of records submitted to the Department of Public Safety for transmission into the state's computerized criminal history (CCH) database; 3) work with the Louisiana District Attorney's Association (LDAA) to transfer data seamlessly and electronically from the district attorneys to the district clerks of court; and 4) provide criminal disposition information to the FBI for inclusion into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Funds will be used to assist with the purchase and installation of new equipment and CMIS upgrades to one district court office to continue to report case dispositions to CMIS.