State Councils provide the Mechanism for Empowerment of the Compact Process within each State
The Commission regulates interstate operations and affairs for the ICAOS. However, each state is required by statute to establish a State Council for overseeing its intrastate affairs dealing with the Interstate Compact. An active State Council can have a positive influence on each state’s compact operation. Specifically, the Council can serve as an advocate when seeking resources, improving operations, resolving disputes, and conducting training.
By establishing a State Council, an appointed group who oversees the interests of all three branches of government, states can ensure that officials are aware of the Interstate Compact and that the state is taking full advantage of the Interstate Compact’s structure and benefits.
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.