The Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice has been awarded a $350,000 federal grant to update the state's computerized criminal recordkeeping system.

The announcement came Friday from the Washington, D.C., office of Republican Rep. James Hansen.State officials said the grant from the Justice Department will allow them to move ahead with a plan to improve the way the state starts and maintains criminal records on convicted felons.

"This is part of a national program to improve the quality of the national criminal history repository," said commission member Roland Yoshinaga.