The Interstate Compact Offender Tracking System (ICOTS) is a web-based system that facilitates the transfer of supervision for probationers and parolees from one state to another. Each year, the 50 states and 3 territories that comprise the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision (ICAOS) use ICOTS to process approximately 150,000 transfer requests and more than 1,000,000 compact activities for nearly 102,000 active supervision cases. These activities include notifications of departures, arrivals, progress, violations, and case closures. ICOTS also serves as a conduit for miscellaneous communication exchanges and helps to promote effective supervision strategies for offenders under supervision in another state.
Each state is responsible for implementing and administering ICOTS in their jurisdiction. Although a few states limit access of ICOTS to the compact office staff, most states give probation/parole officers and institution staff the permissions necessary to process transfer requests and manage offender data. With approximately 30,000 users nationally, the managed workflow feature of ICOTS provides unprecedented accountability and oversight by the interstate compact offices.
In addition to serving as the main communication tool for processing compact transfer requests, ICOTS serves as a clearinghouse for compact offender information. ICOTS data is accessible as either active case information or as historical record. The implementation of ICOTS promotes public safety by providing an electronic method for processing transfer requests and the tracking of compact offenders.
Limited information on transferred offenders is also available to victims and members of the public through a separate public website. The ICOTS Public Portal is accessible by anyone with internet access and provides search capabilities to locate compact offenders reporting in states other than that of conviction.