FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                    OJP

MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2001                                                                                 202/307-0703

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ANNOUNCES $40 MILLION TO ENHANCE STATES’
CRIMINAL JUSTICE RECORDS

 

 

WASHINGTON, DC – The Justice Department announced today that it is awarding $40 million to state agencies to improve the completeness, quality and accessibility of the nation’s criminal record systems.  Since 1995, awards have totaled over $354 million and have gone to all states. 

Funding, which is provided under the Department’s National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP), is administered by the Office of Justice Program’s (OJP) Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).  NCHIP assists states in automating and upgrading records that link to record systems administered by the FBI, including the National Sex Offender Registry and the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which supports instant background checks on persons attempting to purchase firearms.

“Automating our criminal records will strengthen our nation’s ability to keep guns out of the hands of those prohibited from purchasing firearms and will enhance the ability of law enforcement agencies to prevent and deter crimes,” said OJP’s Assistant Attorney General Deborah Daniels.  “Our nation’s citizens deserve a swift and permanent resolution to threats of criminal activities.”

Complete, accurate, and immediately accessible records enable states to: immediately identify individuals with prior criminal records in any state; more effectively identify felons and others prohibited from firearm purchase; check backgrounds of persons responsible for child, elder and disabled care; identify individuals who have a history of domestic violence or stalking; and make informed decisions relating to pretrial release and detention of offenders, prosecutions of career criminals and appropriate correctional confinement. 

“We are committed to giving our law enforcement agencies the resources they need to ensure the safety of all Americans.  Criminal behavior will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said Daniels. 

NCHIP awards are made to state agencies designated by the governor.  Awards are based on the amount requested and factors including: the condition of the applying state’s records, the anticipated impact the improvements will have on availability of records throughout the national system,  the extent to which the state has fulfilled goals of previous NCHIP awards and the technical feasibility of the state’s proposal.  State-specific information is attached.

Information about NCHIP is available on Office of Justice Programs Website at www.ojp.usdoj.gov under the “OJP Press Releases” section, the BJS’ Website at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/nchip.htm, or by calling the National Criminal Justice Reference Service toll-free at 800/851-3420.  For specific information about a state program, contact the individual listed on the attached chart.  Media should contact OJP’s Office of Congressional and Public Affairs at 202/307-0703.

   Department of Justice

   Office of Justice Programs

   Bureau of Justice Statistics

 

   National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP)

 

   Fiscal Year 2001 Grant Awards to States, Territories and the District of Columbia

 

   STATE

 RECIPIENT AGENCY

 STATE POINT OF CONTACT

 FY 2001 AWARD

 TOTAL NCHIP FUNDS TO DATE

Alabama

 Criminal Justice Information Center, Montgomery, Alabama

 Roger Humber, 334/242-4937

 $521,574

 $4,528,124

Alaska

 Department of Public Safety, Anchorage, Alaska

 Diane Schenker, 907/269-5092

 $585,000

 $4,801,318

American Samoa

 Department of Public Safety, Pago Pago, American Samoa

 Lancaster D.P. Allen, 684/633-2827

 $300,000(a)

 $1,400,000

Arizona

 Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, Phoenix, Arizona

 Gerald E. Hardt, 602/230-0252

 $1,000,000

 $5,868,988

Arkansas

 Arkansas Crime Information Center, Little Rock, Arkansas

 Richard Thomas, 501/682-2222

 $630,000

 $4,301,187

California

 Bureau of Criminal Identification & Information, Sacramento, California

 Gary Cooper, 916/227-3857

 $2,238,414

 $27,684,094

Colorado

 Colorado Department of Public Safety, Denver, Colorado

 Lance Clem, 303/239-4442

 $507,000

 $4,995,113

Connecticut

 Office of Policy & Management, Hartford, Connecticut

 Theron A. Schnure, 860/418-6416

 $545,000

 $5,362,968

Delaware

 State Bureau of Identification, Delaware State Police, Dover, Delaware

 Captain David E. Deputy, 302/739-5872

 $500,000

 $4,122,307

District of Columbia

 Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, DC

 Mark Brinkman, 202/727-1914

 $350,000

 $2,154,095

Florida

 Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Tallahassee, Florida

 Clayton Wilder, 850/410-8700

 $1,650,787

 $13,004,273

Georgia

 Georgia Crime Information Center, Decatur, Georgia

 Bill Holland, 404/244-2775

 $498,979

 $7,446,096

Guam

 Superior Court of Guam, Hagatna, Guam

 Jacqueline Zahnen, 671/475-3270

 $300,000(a)

 $1,399,796

Hawaii

 Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center, Department of the Attorney General, Honolulu, Hawaii

 Liane Moriyama, 808/587-3110

 $500,000

 $4,067,125

Idaho

 Idaho State Police, Meridian, Idaho

 Robert Taylor, 208/884-7133

 $342,873

 $1,897,434

Illinois

 Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, Chicago, Illinois

 Laura Egger, 312/793-8550

 $1,352,000

 $13,314,000

Indiana

 Indiana Criminal Justice Institute Indianapolis, Indiana

 Kevin Sifferlen, 317/232-1233

 $964,500

 $6,886,773

Iowa

 Iowa Department of Public Safety, Des Moines, Iowa

 Tim McDonald, 515/281-5138

 $208,915

 $3,230,977

Kansas

 Kansas Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Topeka, Kansas

 Barbara Tombs, 913/296-0923

 $540,359

 $3,992,678

Kentucky

 Kentucky Justice Cabinet, Frankfort, Kentucky

 Kim Allen, 502/564-3251

 $507,000

 $4,991,497

Louisiana

 Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

 Carle Jackson, 225/925-4440

 $578,698

 $5,221,885

Maine

 Maine State Police, Augusta, Maine

 Lt. Colonel Jeffrey Harmon, 207/624-7060

 $508,930(a)

 $4,730,096

Maryland

 Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services, Towson, Maryland

 Alexius O. Bishop, 410/585-3101

 $630,462

 $6,182,962

Massachusetts

 Massachusetts Committee on Criminal Justice, Boston, Massachusetts

 Diana Brensilber, 617/727-6300, Ext. 25

 $1,028,000

 $10,123,012

Michigan

 Michigan State Police, Lansing, Michigan

 David Turner, 517/322-1658

 $1,200,199

 $9,504,521

Minnesota

 Department of Public Safety, St. Paul, Minnesota

 Karen R. McDonald, 651/642-0687

 $984,320

 $5,654,763

Mississippi

 Department of Public Safety, Jackson, Mississippi

 Will Spann, 601/933-2604

 $534,717

 $4,842,796

Missouri

 Missouri State Highway Patrol, Jefferson City, Missouri

 Captain Timothy McGrail, 573/526-6160

 $904,000

 $6,975,648

Montana

 Montana Board of Crime Control, Helena, Montana

 Tom Murphy, 406/444-4298

 $546,842

 $3,633,717

Nebraska

 Nebraska State Patrol, Lincoln, Nebraska

 David Deshong, 402/479-4099

 $553,237

 $4,150,490

Nevada

 Department of Motor Vehicles and Public Safety, Carson City, Nevada

 Sandy Mazy, 775/687-4166

 $810,000

 $3,920,000

New Hampshire

 New Hampshire Department of Justice, Concord, New Hampshire

 Mark Thompson, 603/271-3658

 $407,462

 $4,355,248

New Jersey

 Department of Law & Public Safety, Trenton, New Jersey

 Steven Talpas, 609/984-0634

 $892,980

 $8,793,513

New Mexico

 Department of Public Safety, Santa Fe, New Mexico

 Larry Austin, 505/827-9185

 $686,860

 $5,863,218

New York

 Division of Criminal Justice Services, Albany, New York

 James Shea, 518/457-6075

 $2,225,000

 $21,907,269

North Carolina

 Department of Public Safety & Crime Control, Raleigh, North Carolina

 Doug Yearwood, 919/733-4564

 $635,000

 $6,252,151

North Dakota

 Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Bismarck, North Dakota

 Robert J. Helten, 701/328-5500

 $544,470

 $4,038,398

N. MarianaIslands

 Criminal Justice Planning Agency, Saipan, MP

 Doris Pladevega, 670/664-4550

 Did not apply

 $300,000

Ohio

 Office of Criminal Justice Services, Columbus, Ohio

 Jason Mather614/466-7782

 $1,320,627

 $12,145,409

Oklahoma

 Oklahoma District Attorney's Council, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 M. DeLynn Fudge, 405/264-5008

 $549,999

 $3,880,878

Oregon

 Department of State Police, Salem, Oregon

 Carmen Merlo, 503/378-3725, Ext. 4145

 $807,300

 $5,485,648

Pennsylvania

 Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

 Phillip Renniger, 717/787-2040

 $1,392,000

 $13,704,137

Puerto Rico

 Puerto Rico Department of Justice, San Juan, Puerto Rico

 Roberto Martinez, 787/729-2121

 $300,000(a)

 $1,112,436

Rhode Island

 Governor's Justice Commission, Providence, Rhode Island

 Gina Caruolo, 401/222-4499

 $500,000

 $3,385,294

South Carolina

 South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Columbia, South Carolina

 Major Mark Huguley, 803/896-7138

 $1,195,406

 $7,451,999

South Dakota

 Office of the Attorney General, Pierre, South Dakota

 Judi Schneider, 605/773-4614

 $452,172

 $3,137,076

Tennessee

 Tennessee Department of Finance & Administration, Nashville, Tennessee

 Particia Dishman, 615/532-2985

 $550,000

 $5,496,978

Texas

 Criminal Justice Policy Council, Austin, Texas

 Gene Draper, 512/463-1810

 Did not apply

 $18,041,275

Utah

 Utah Commission on Criminal & Juvenile Justice, Salt Lake City, Utah

 Jennifer Hemenway, 801/538-1812

 $530,000

 $4,143,341

Vermont

 State Department of Public Safety, Waterbury, Vermont

 Philip Colby, 802/244-8786

 $683,459

 $5,927,426

Virgin Islands

 Law Enforcement Planning Commission, St. Thomas, VI

 Meredith Nelson, 340/774-6400

 $300,000(a)

 $503,157

Virginia

 Virginia State Police, Richmond, Virginia

 Gunnar Kohlbeck, 804/674-4606

 $1,035,143

 $8,625,501

Washington

 Office of Financial Management, Olympia, Washington

 Gary Robinson, 360/902-0593

 $674,000

 $6,631,682

West Virginia

 Department of Military Affairs & Public Safety, Charleston, West Virginia

 J. Norbert Federspiel, 304/558-8814

 $500,000

 $4,552,986

Wisconsin

 Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance, Madison, Wisconsin

 Stephen Grohmann, 608/266-7185

 $681,000

 $6,708,700

Wyoming

 Division of Criminal Investigation, Cheyenne, Wyoming

 James Wilson, 307/777-7523

 $529,417

 $1,821,910

 

(a) To be awarded in FY 2002.

 

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