Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $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 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 Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, the state's NCHIP administering agency, will use funds to continue efforts to improve the quality, timeliness and completeness of criminal history records in the state repository by employing the services of a vendor to research 11,507 open disposition records with a 90% resolution rate (10,356 arrest-disposition record updates). This project will advance the state's efforts to improve the accessibility and completeness of records available to NICS and other national files.