Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $825,000)
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 Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) will contract with the University of Alabama, Center for Advanced Public Safety (UA-CAPS), a research and development center within The University of Alabama, to develop criminal justice information software applications systems and support within the state. Funds are being requested to design, develop and implement an interface for domestic violence information to be entered into the UCR Local Template for Reporting and Analysis (ULTRA) system, then transferred to the state's computerized criminal history (CCH) repository which sends criminal history information and updates to the federal systems. This project will improve the identification and reporting of misdemeanor convictions for domestic violence records to support the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Additionally, funds will be used to reduce the backlog of nearly 3 million arrests missing court disposition information. ALEA plans to develop a data mining process that will use the newly integrated data to improve disposition matching within Alabama's CCH system.