ICAOS Weekly Update Newsletter
Updates for April 27–May 3, 2019
No. 546

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+ State-Requested Travel Restrictions +

In the Spirit of the Compact, please contact the receiving state directly if you have an offender requesting to transfer to an area listed below. / Check for the latest updates online.

Nevada flag+ Nevada - May 17–19: Please restrict offender travel to Nevada due to the Electric Daisy Carnival (edc).

Interstate Compact Office Staff, submit a travel restriction request.

+ State Updates +

Georgia flag+ Georgia - Jill Jones, Compact Administrator II, has begun working in the Interstate Compact Office and is responsible for outgoing RFRIs.

Maryland flag+ Maryland - The Compact Office is closed today in order for staff to attend mandated training. The office will reopen on Monday, May 6.

Minnesota flag+ Minnesota - The Department of Corrections has published the following 2 documents, now available on the state’s page under the Documents tab: Hearings and Release Dispositional Guide and Condition Rankings.

Nevada flag+ Nevada - Please restrict offender travel to Nevada due to the Electric Daisy Carnival (edc), May 17–19.

New Hampshire flagReminder: New Hampshire - Interstate Compact Commissioner Mike McAlister retires from state service today. McAlister was the Commission’s Compliance Committee chair and a member of the Executive Committee 6 years running, starting in 2008.

+ All personnel changes are updated on the individual state pages and in the Interstate Compact Office Directory PDF.

+ Compact Office Calendar - Please be aware of closures, shortened hours of operation, or the possibility of limited staff due to inclement weather, trainings, and state/national holidays.

+ Committee and Region Updates +

+ Upcoming Committee and Region Meetings:
+ Training Committee
D/T: 05.06.19 / 2:00pm ET
Resources: Agenda

+ DCA Liaison Committee
D/T: 05.08.19 / 11:00am ET
Resources: Agenda

+ South Region
D/T: 05.09.19 / 2:00pm ET
Resources: Agenda

+ Midwest Region
D/T: 05.13.19 / 1:00pm ET
Resources: Agenda

+ East Region
D/T: 05.14.19 / 2:00pm ET
Resources: Agenda

+ Executive Committee
D/T: 05.15.19 / 12:00pm ET
Resources: Agenda

+ Compliance Committee
D/T: 05.20.19 / 2:00pm ET
Resources: Agenda

+ Commission Announcements & Reminders +

+ Commission Members: On Wednesday, May 8, the next ICOTS enhancement release is expected. This enhancement includes revisions to the Offender Application for Transfer, as approved by the Technology, Rules, and Executive Committees in 2018. The offender’s specific address is removed.

The revised, external version of the Offender Application for Interstate Compact Transfer is available now for download from the Commission website under the “Tools” tab. Functional changes to the external application include prepopulating of repeating fields (sending state, receiving state, and offender name) and sequential tabbing.

Reminder - 2019 ICAOS Rules Proposals - Commission Members: Pursuant to ICAOS Rule 2.109, the Rules Committee has reviewed the draft proposals received from standing and regional committees for action at the 2019 Annual Business Meeting. These proposals are now posted on the ICAOS website. Be sure to review the instructions to view and make comments. For your convenience, you may also download the 13 proposals as an easy-to-share PDF file.

Review the proposals and discuss them within your offices, at state council meetings, and in your ICAOS regional meetings. Commenting ends on Monday, July 1. Your comments provide valuable guidance to the Rules Committee and members of the Commission.

Reminder - See just how quickly Compact Spirit can approve expedited reporting instructions.

Interstate Compact Offender Tracking System (ICOTS) logoReminder - The 5 new enhancements launched in ICOTS recently include:
  • Allow State Administrators to Edit Compact Office Information
  • Allow Supervisor to Inherit Direct Reports
  • Generate Case Note on Compact Activity Reassignment
  • Add Submit Button to Top of Manage Case Load Screen
  • Add Offender’s Date of Birth and State IDs in Manage Case Load Screen

View the complete announcement with 8 screen grabs and more details, in the ICOTS Knowledge Base.

Sign up for ICOTS service notifications to find out about service issues and maintenance windows.

Bench Book for Judges and Court PersonnelReminder: New. Improved. Still indispensable.

The Commission is pleased to announce the release of the thoroughly revised 2019 Bench Book for Judges and Court Personnel. Originally written in 2005, the Bench Book receives regular updates for rule amendments but this year additional updates have occurred. The Bench Book has always been a great resource for judiciary and court personnel and is an excellent resource for educating on interstate compact. Some of the changes for 2019 include:

  • Chapters 1 and 5 are entirely re-written
  • All case law references checked for accuracy
  • All chapters reviewed and edited for grammar, tense, consistency and clarity
  • Chapter 3 separated into 2 sections: the transfer of supervision and supervision in the receiving state
  • Commentary added to Chapter 3 emphasizing changes in managing violations, supervising compact offenders as you would in-state offenders, and imposing conditions
  • Commentary added to Chapter 4 highlighting the differences in retaking and revocation, probable cause hearings, and responsibilities/authority of sending and receiving states in the return process
Download the 2019 Bench Book for Judges and Court Personnel.

Reminder - The ICAOS Rules:
+ This Week in Commission History +

+ The following members signed into law the ICAOS on this date:

Vermont flagVermont – April 27, 2000 / 6th member to join

Mississippi flagMississippi – April 28, 2004 / 50th member to join
Indiana flagIndiana – April 30, 2003 / 43rd member to join



Ch1: Definitions
Ch2: Provisions
Ch3: Transfers
Ch4: Supervision
Ch5: Retaking
Ch6: Disputes

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