State Councils provide the Mechanism for Empowerment of the Compact Process within each State
The Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision requires each state to establish a State Council for overseeing its intrastate affairs dealing with the Interstate Compact. Each member jurisdiction is to create and maintain a State Council. The State Council serves as a coordinating body and is the in-state partner to the Commission.
The State Council and its members serve in advisory, advocacy and oversight roles within the state. For example, a State Council may:
- provide assistance with in-state ICAOS operations and practice;
- raise the visibility of the compact among state leaders, non-governmental interest groups and the public; and
- coordinate compact-related activities and responses among the three branches of government.
Current ICAOS policy also requires states to annually report activities and membership of the State Council within 60 days of a meeting. An active State Council ensures stakeholder involvement and accountability for each state’s compact operation. Specifically, the Council can serve as an advocate when seeking resources, improving operations, resolving disputes, and conducting training.
Article IV—Interstate Compact on Adult Offender Supervision
Pursuant to the terms of the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision each member state may determine the membership of its own State Council; its membership must include at least one representative from the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of government, victims groups and compact administrators. In addition to appointment of its commissioner to the National Interstate Commission, each State Council shall exercise oversight and advocacy concerning its participation in Interstate Commission activities and other duties as may be determined by each member state including but not limited to, development of policy concerning operations and procedures of the compact within that state.