The Interstate Compact for the supervision of parolees and probationers was established in 1937 and was the only vehicle that provided for the controlled movement of adult parolees and probationers across state lines.
A new Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision was ratified on June 19, 2002 when Pennsylvania became the 35th state to pass the new Compact Legislation (Louisiana was the 22nd state to enact the updated Compact law). All states as well as the District of Columbia, Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico are now signatory to the Compact.
Provisions for the new compact enhance public safety by ensuring that offenders are properly supervised. Its rules also have the full force and effect of statutory law. It provides enforcement capabilities against states which refuse to comply with the rules of the compact and it provides accountability by involving the legislative, executive and judicial branches as well as a victim rights representative as members of a state oversight council. The Commission meets annually to review rules, develop policy and provide training.
Louisiana utilizes the national computer database system known as ICOTS (Interstate Compact Offender Tracking System). This internet-based program provides a nationwide, centralized format that streamlines the compact process, makes it more efficient and reduces paperwork.
The Louisiana Legislature enacted legislation which authorizes the collection of a $150 application fee for all eligible offenders from Louisiana requesting to transfer supervision to another state. The monies collected from this fee defray costs incurred by the state in returning violators to Louisiana for revocation or court hearings. Louisiana does its best to balance the number of incoming and outgoing transfer requests.
Offenders and family members are encouraged to submit transfer requests up to six months before the scheduled release date from prison/jail in order to appropriately process the request.