Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $753,230)
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 2020 NCHIP priority areas, continuing efforts are underway by the Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center (HCJDC) to upgrade and modify the existing systems the State of Hawaii oversees and maintains to support the Hawaii Integrated Justice Information Sharing (HIJIS) Program. Funds are being requested to cover the travel expenses of several HIJIS Executive Committee members to attend in-person board meetings to discuss and plan initiatives for electronic data sharing from local law enforcement and criminal justices agencies to CJIS-Hawaii, the states criminal history repository. Hawaii is seeking to purchase 18 portable livescans for remote booking sites throughout the state. HCJDC has worked with the county police departments to identify 12 remote booking locations and 6 booking stations that will benefit from acquiring livescan equipment. Providing booking sites with sufficient equipment allows Hawaiis police departments to process timely arrests. Once booking information is complete and entered through the appropriate booking system, the data is transmitted electronically to CJIS-Hawaii. In turn, CJIS-Hawaii transmits the data to the national databases.
In addition, HCJDC will implement enhancements to the core systems that perform the identification process used to support criminal history research efforts in the state. This project will significantly improve the accuracy and completeness of data in CJIS-Hawaii, the statewide booking information system known as the Green Box, and the Lights Out Transaction Controller used to perform firearm background checks. An electronic filing management system will be purchased to retain documents for criminal history record purposes and for records that support HCJDCs services and operations. Funds will also be used to assist the State Judiciary to continue the migration of its existing Novell Active Directory infrastructure to the Microsoft Active Directory Services (MS-AD) infrastructure. The focus of this years project will be on the 3rd Circuit Kona, 3rd Circuit Hilo, First Circuit District and Circuit Courts, 5th Circuit Kauai, and 2nd Circuit Maui.