Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $675,656)
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 NCHIP FY 2019 project, the Judiciary of Guam will use funds to:
1) Update and automate case outcomes by:
Implementing or upgrading court record systems that facilitate immediate identification of case disposition records through Automation Software Support
Converting manual or other non-automated records to electronic records
Upgrading equipment to improve data availability
Purchase equipment that is compatible with the newly acquired automation software and builds up the Judiciarys records automation infrastructure
Continued funding for personnel will ensure that the conversion of manual criminal history records to electronic format is prioritized to meet full data integration, ultimately leading to participation in the Interstate Identification Index (III)
Replacement of outdated workstations currently assigned to the Judiciarys Probation Services and Marshals Division, as well as new workstations for court personnel entering protection order data into the Judiciarys Case Management System. Furthermore, support for the OAG is being requested in order to purchase Central Processing Units for the Prosecution Division.
2) Improving Access to NICS Information - The Judiciary is in the preliminary stages of planning for NICS compliance and funding is being requested for technical assistance to the CJAC partners for the development of a NICS implementation plan which includes transmittal of records to the NICS.
The Judiciary and its partners continue to coordinate local criminal justice information initiatives and address the development of long-range record improvement plans. The partnership is critical to ensuring that all members collaborate on policies and processes for criminal history records, maximizing and leveraging local and federal grant resources, and sustainability in the face of rapid and continually progressive technology.