About >> Why ICAOS Exists
Register   |  Login

Why the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision Exists Today
Simply put, the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision (ICAOS) exists to ensure public safety.

Interstate compacts, such as ICAOS, are born out of necessity. For ICAOS, the necessity is for the 50 states, and 3 territories (District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico) to follow identical guidelines on how to handle the transfer of adult offenders from one state to another. This necessity was brought to the attention of this nation by a tragic death in February 1999.

Peyton TuthillStephanie Peyton Tuthill is the face of this interstate compact. Peyton, a 24-year-old graduate student and resident of Florida, was attending college in Colorado at the time she was murdered by Dante Terrous Paige. In college, she was the president of her sorority, an environmentalist, a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and Habitat for Humanity. She volunteered at a shelter for abused women.

Paige served 22 months of a 20-year sentence in Maryland for the violent crime of assault and armed robbery at the time he was released and transferred to Colorado. Paige had no family or other contacts in Colorado but was transferred there to participate in a halfway house program. His transfer to Colorado occurred without any notice to Colorado authorities. Paige walked away from his program before he even began it.

On February 24 Peyton had a job interview. She returned to her apartment to find it had been burglarized and that the burglar was still there. It was Paige. Paige then proceeded to rape and murder Peyton Tuthill.

Following the tragic murder of her daughter, Pat Tuthill has been referred to as an “outspoken” activist and advocate of the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision (ICAOS), traveling the nation and visiting with state policymakers. In 2001 Ms. Tuthill began pursuing her passion as a legislative activist, speaker and advocate for victims and public safety. Ms. Tuthill was appointed as the Ex-Officio Victims’ Advocate for ICAOS. Her speaking engagements have included national legislative conferences, national and state conferences for criminal justice officials and advocates.

The Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision exists to ensure public safety. In doing so, all 50 states and 3 territories follow the same rules for transferring adult offenders from one state to another.

Pat Tuthill, ICAOS Victims’ Advocate, in MSNBC Documentary
Pat Tuthill Spoke to Inmates at Holman PrisonIn the summer of 2007 ICAOS National Victims’ Representative, Pat Tuthill, appeared in a segment of the MSNBC prison documentary “Lockup: Holman - Extended Stay”. Filmed in Alabama at the maximum security Holman Prison, Tuthill was there to help death row inmates understand the aftermath of violent crime and restorative justice. Video of this segment is used with permission from NBC and is available here. You must be a registered user of the ICAOS website and logged in to view the video.

© 2002 - 2015 Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision | Contact ICAOS National Office | About ICAOS | Terms of Use