Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $377,242)
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 the 2015 NCHIP, the Executive Office of the State of Kansas through subgrant to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) will use funds to: 1) data-enter all manually submitted court disposition documents as received; 2) move forward in synchronizing criminal record databases in the Central Repository; and 3) acquire Livescans to ensure that every county in the state has the ability to electronically capture fingerprints and palm prints.
Under the Disposition Date Entry project, KBI will build on past funding to support disposition data entry. KBI will hire personnel to provide essential support to the ongoing work of automating criminal history records, electronically image source documents, synchronize databases to identify and obtain missing record data, incorporate domestic violence data, promote uniform data exchange, and facilitate access to more complete and accurate arrest and disposition information in support of criminal justice practitioners and the NICS program. Prosecutor case filings began submitting electronically on July 1, 2012. Beginning on June 1, 2015, court dispositions and prosecutor case filings are being reported electronically to the CCH database eliminating the need for manual data entry of all dispositions day forward.
Under the Livescan Equipment Purchase project, KBI will purchase 10 Livescans for the remaining 10 counties of the total 105 counties. In calendar year 2014, KBI received and processed 9,551 manual adult criminal fingerprint cards and 1,739 manual juvenile criminal fingerprint cards. Adding 10 additional machines would ensure that every county in the state has the ability to electronically capture fingerprints and palm prints. Purchasing these machines would allow for electronic fingerprint capture and will ensure that criminal history data is collected quickly and more accurately.