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Navigating the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision Process

The Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision (ICAOS), is a formal agreement between member states that seeks to promote public safety by systematically controlling the interstate movement of certain adult offenders. When an offender wishes to relocate to another state s/he must petition the ICAOS to do so. The following is a brief overview of the petition process:

An Interstate Compact eligible offender must make a request to relocate to another state to their Probation, Parole Officer or Prison Case Worker. The PO will then decide if the request and relocation plan are viable. If the request/plan is not viable, the request is denied. If viable, an application is then submitted to the Sentencing state's Compact office. A Compact officer then reviews the request and determines if the reason fr the relocation and the relocation plan are viable. If the request/plan is not viable, the request is denied. If found viable by the Compact office, the application is submitted to the Receiving state's Compact office where the application is assigned for investigation. The results of the investigation and the recommendation for decision on the request is then sent back to the Receiving state's Compact office. If the results of the investigation show that the request/plan is not viable, the request to relocate is denied. If it is accepted, the Receiving state issues reporting instructions which are sent for the offender to transfer. Upon transfer of the offender to the Receiving state, supervisory authority shifts from the Sentencing state to the receiving state, although the Sentencing state retains jurisdiction and can, at any time, order the offender back to the Sentencing state.

To determine eligibility and whether or not you or your client falls within the guidelines of the ICAOS, refer to the ICAOS website

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