Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $499,200)
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 noncriminal 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 plans to 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 automate the transmittal of bench warrant data to local county law enforcement, and then have it entered into NCIC in a timely manner so that it is available to law enforcement personnel nationwide. Receiving warrant updates from NCIC or the local law enforcement judiciary management system in a timely manner will also help in clearing the warrants and displaying a more accurate warrant status in the Superior Court's Judiciary Case Management Systems.