Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $2,513,667)
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 plans to transfer funds to the Indiana Supreme Court's Trial Court Technology (TCT) Group and the Indiana State Police (ISP) to improve and enhance the accuracy, completeness, and timeliness of court conviction and disposition data sent to the criminal history repository. Funds are being requested by TCT to continue the deployment of Odyssey, the court's case management system, to criminal courts throughout the state; and, to conduct an analysis in Grant County of all individuals, during a certain time period, that are arrested, booked, fingerprinted, charged and convicted to see what convictions make it successfully to CHRIS (Indiana's criminal history repository) and what cases do not. ISP intends to use grant funds to purchase and install additional livescan units in state facilities that have high arrest rates and where the systems have reached their life expectancy. These new units will be placed in locations across the state accounting for 46% of all arrests in Indiana. In addition, ISP will enhance the interface between the state criminal records repository and the prosecutor case management system by creating a new web service interface between the two entities to update and automate data sharing between both databases, as well as identify and potentially close hundreds of thousands of cases that have not been previously submitted between both systems.