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Montana Criminal History Improvement Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $2,021,096)

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 2016 NCHIP, the Montana Board of Crime Control (MBCC) will transfer funds to the Montana Department of Justice (MT DOJ) to continue efforts to upgrade the computerized criminal history system (CCHv2). MT DOJ identified additional critical requirements in order for the CCHv2 to fully achieve the objectives originally planned. Programming to meet these requirements must be deployed concurrently with the CCHv2; the deployment is anticipated to begin in the summer of 2017. Additional analysis and planning is required to stage necessary improvements to fingerprint processing.

This stage of the project will allow MT DOJ to implement required programming to complete functionality for user access; transaction validation; updated programming of the Montana State Registry System (includes sex and violent offender registry); transform XML code to user friendly information presentation; provide electronic content management functionality for images; create a printable fingerprint card pre-filled with information from agency record/jail management (RMS/JMS) systems and the CCHv2; create an exchange file for information sharing between RMS/JMS, Montana Department of Corrections (DOC) Offender Management Information Systems (OMIS), and live scan, CCHv2 and RMS, and CCHv2 and live scan; and complete the correlation of Montana records from FBI control. The project will also assist Montana with planning for development of a more effective fingerprint processing system based on current and anticipated technology.

MT DOJ will be responsible for contributing a 10% match under this program. (CA/NCF)

Date Created: September 13, 2016