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WV Criminal Records Disposition Improvement Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $775,221)

The Office of Justice Programs funds the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) and the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP). Both of these programs provide essential support and guidance to improve reporting of criminal history and related records used for background checks conducted through the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) NICS, for individuals seeking to purchase certain firearms. Recent acts of violence have focused national attention on the urgent need to close several persistent information gaps remaining in the background check process. The Bureau of Justice Assistance, in close coordination with Bureau of Justice Statistics and the FBI, is funding a one-time grant program to complement the ongoing NCHIP and NARIP programs by improving and expanding the data accessible to NICS at the time of a firearm background check to ensure lawful purchases.

The Administrative Office of the WV Supreme Court of Appeals and the State Police will work together to achieve the goals of the "West Virginia Criminal Records Disposition Improvement Project." The project's goals are to increase the quantity and quality of the dispositions contained in the Criminal History Records and to improve the safety and security of West Virginia citizens by enhancing the quality, completeness, and accessibility of the State's criminal history records. CA/NCF

Date Created: August 12, 2013