Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $200,000)
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.
The Arizona Criminal Justice Commission (ACJC) will subgrant NCHIP funds to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office (MCAO), the Flagstaff Justice Court, and the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) to complete the following projects: 1) employ regular, OT, and temporary MCAO staff efforts to research and resolve over 16,800 arrest dispositions during the award period and implement a "data scrub" to further reduce the current backlog by an additional 20,000 dispositions; 2) provide training and technical assistance to agencies that create and complete disposition reports and support two temporary Flagstaff Justice Court employees to complete background checks, identify and resolve cases with missing disposition reports, and request missing disposition reports from the appropriate submitting agencies; and 3) support OT DPS staff efforts to automate approximately 8,192 non-automated criminal history records. Funds will also be used to support ACJC personnel costs to provide administrative oversight for the grant-funded projects.