Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $500,000)
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 Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement (LCLE) plans to transfer funds to the Louisiana Supreme Court (LSC) and the Louisiana District Attorneys Association (LDAA) to enhance and upgrade State information systems and automating access to information concerning persons prohibited from possessing or receiving a firearm, then transmitting relevant records to the FBIs III, NCIC, and the NICS Index. NCHIP funds are being requested to implement a modern case management system in two Louisiana District Courts; automate manual disposition reporting tasks performed by minute clerks; and implement a data exchange between the District Attorney and Clerks of Courts in five (5) parishes to provide defendant and arrest information at the time of filing of the bill of indictment. In addition, funds will be used to provide the courts with a standardized form to report protection order information, update forms and software, and conduct statewide training in order to provide the most current information to maintain a growing protection order registry. LDAA plans to implement a standard set of charge, event and disposition codes by modifying case management systems at local district attorney offices. LCLE is also requesting funding to continue to provide for the coordination and support of the entire NCHIP program in Louisiana.