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Improve the Timeliness, Accuracy, & Completeness of Arrest & Non-Arrest Based Information Maintained in the State's Criminal History Repository & Improve Reporting to NICS

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $700,000)

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 grantee will use the funds to improve the safety and security of Hawaii citizens by enhancing the quality, completeness, and accessibility of the State's criminal history records. The goals of the project include updating the criminal history records of approximately 280,000 offenders and determining the final disposition of 26,840 felony charges and misdemeanor assault or abuse charges. CA/NCF

Date Created: September 4, 2013