Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $569,063)
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 improve the quality, completeness, and accessibility of criminal history data at the state and national levels. Funds are being requested to design, develop and implement an electronic mechanism for ALEA to receive prosecutors case outcomes, criminal dispositions from municipal courts, and records of deceased persons from the Alabama Department of Public Health, then develop an interface for the information to be entered into the states computerized criminal history (CCH) repository and transmitted to the FBIs national databases. Additionally, funds will be used to reduce the backlog of approximately 600,000 fingerprint cards by converting them from a manual status to an electronic record within the states CCH. (CA/NCF)