Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $466,419)
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 Indiana Criminal Justice Institute will grant funds to the Indiana State Police for the purchase of livescan devices for 10 booking facilities located throughout the state. These sites have been selected based on their high arrest rates and the age of their systems. The Indiana State Police has selected the vendor through a competitive bid process and negotiated the pricing for these new units based on the proposed amounts submitted to BJS. Funds are also being requested to allow the Indiana Supreme Court, through its Judicial Automation and Technology Committee (JTAC) staff, to work with the ISP to interface the Abstract of Judgment application with Indiana's Criminal History Records Information System (CHRIS). All charges including those dismissed, will be tracked in the application. This effort will further improve the quantity and quality of conviction data in CHRIS and in the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System. (CA/NCF)