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Local courts eligible for federal money to help bolster Ohio’s criminal-history database

The office of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is accepting applications through May 15, 2024, for three pools of federal grant money — a combined $2.45 million — to continue improving the accuracy and completeness of the state’s criminal-records database.

Through the years, the Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation – which serves as the state’s central repository for all fingerprint and criminal records – has been awarded grant funding from the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) to modernize numerous aspects of the record-keeping and -reporting processes. This $2.45 million in grant money is part of this ongoing, multi-pronged enhancement effort.

The three pools of grant funding available and qualifying applicants are:

LiveScan devices

$1.2 million will pay for more than 60 LiveScan devices, which Yost’s office will distribute to qualifying entities through an application process.

All courts of record are eligible to apply for a LiveScan unit, as is any local governmental agency partnering with a court of record to resolve the issue. The device allows for the capture of fingerprint images as a court interacts with defendants; the fingerprints can be sent to BCI once a case disposition is entered.

A LiveScan application form is available here.

Electronic reporting | Juvenile Courts

$750,000 will be subgranted to facilitate the electronic reporting of adjudication information by Ohio’s juvenile courts.

About 83% of Juvenile Courts that report adjudication records to BCI send the information by mail. Juvenile Courts and Clerks of Court are eligible to apply for grant funds to help computerize their reporting processes.

An electronic reporting application is available here.

Disposition recovery

$500,000 will be subgranted to help defray the costs associated with the recovery of case dispositions not previously reported to BCI.

Eligible applicants include Common Pleas Courts, Municipal Courts, County Courts and Clerks of Court throughout Ohio. Before applying for this grant, you can request from BCI a county-specific list of historical arrests with unknown dispositions. To make such a request, please download this form, complete it and return it to

A disposition recovery grant application is available here.

A reminder that the deadline to apply is May 15!