Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $1,218,627)
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 non-criminal 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) to improve the completeness, accuracy, and timeliness of criminal disposition and mental health data provided by trial courts to the case management information system (CMIS) for reporting to NICS, the Louisiana Computerized Criminal History (LACCH), and for sharing with the Interstate Identification Index. NCHIP funds are being requested to implement a modern case management system in four Louisiana District Courts; provide an enhanced judicial case management system in two parishes to facilitate the automated, immediate identification of missing critical data elements for disposition records, including findings of mental incompetence; increase the storage capacity of CMIS to remain compliant with NICS requirements for record keeping and reporting; and provide presentations to judges on the importance of NICS and disposition reporting. Funds will be used to pay for management and program support personnel, who will perform coordination and monitoring activities, including programmatic and fiscal oversight.