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NCJ Number: 165589 Find in a Library
Title: National Criminal History Improvement Program: Fiscal Year 1997 Program Announcement
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: July 1997
Page Count: 48
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
Justice Statistics Clearinghouse/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America

Justice Statistics Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: Agency Summary|PDF|Text
Agency Summary: 
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) continues the U.S. Department of Justice's efforts to build an accurate and useful national system of criminal records.
Abstract: The availability of computerized criminal records is essential for criminal investigations, prosecutorial charging, sentencing decisions, correctional supervision and release, and background checks. Administered by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the NCHIP is an umbrella program to help States meet evolving requirements concerning criminal histories and related records such as protective orders and sex offender registries. The program began in 1995 with funds appropriated under the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act. As of 1997, $112 million has been made available in direct grants to every State, the District of Columbia, and eligible territories to improve their criminal history record systems. Overall program goals are to facilitate the accurate and timely identification of persons who are not eligible to purchase firearms; ensure persons with responsibility for child care, elder care, or care of the disabled do not have disqualifying criminal records; improve access to protection orders and records of persons wanted for stalking and domestic violence; and enhance the quality, completeness, and accessibility of criminal history record systems. Applications for NCHIP grants are accepted only from the single State agency designated by the governor to coordinate the distribution of funds within the State. The application and award process is detailed, and information on application and administrative requirements and application forms are appended.
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS); Computer aided investigations; Computer aided operations; Computerized criminal histories; Crime data files; Criminal justice information systems; Federal aid; Federal programs; Funding sources; Grants or contracts; Gun Control; Program financing; Science and Technology; Sex Offender Registration
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