Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $250,000)
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 Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice will continue to examine Utah's Suspense File for systemic errors, and train law enforcement and court personnel on identifying errors and properly reporting disposition information to the state's criminal records repository. Funds will also be used for the Utah Department of Public Safety to use in re-writing its criminal history system. The current system no longer has the capability to be upgraded, enhanced, or maintained using the existing staff, software, and processes. The new system will include new functionality and capabilities, including enhancements to disposition matching, reporting, searching, and providing RAP sheets in a standardized XML format.