2018 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 15 - Criminal Procedure
RS 15:574.31 - Intent; purpose



§574.31. Intent; purpose

A. The Interstate Compact for the Supervision of Parolees and Probationers was established in 1937. It is the earliest corrections "compact" established among the states and has not been amended since its adoption over sixty-two years ago.

(1) This compact is the only vehicle for the controlled movement of adult parolees and probationers across state lines, and it currently has jurisdiction over more than a quarter of a million offenders.

(2) The complexities of the compact have become more difficult to administer, and many jurisdictions have expanded supervision expectations to include currently unregulated practices such as victim input, victim notification requirements, and sex offender registration.

(3) After hearings, national surveys, and a detailed study by a task force appointed by the National Institute of Corrections, the overwhelming recommendation has been to amend the document to bring about an effective management capacity that addresses public safety concerns and offender accountability.

(4) Upon the adoption of this Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision, it is the intention of the legislature to repeal the previous Interstate Compact for the Supervision of Parolees and Probationers on the effective date of this compact.

B.(1) The compacting states to this Interstate Compact recognize that each state is responsible for the supervision of adult offenders in the community who are authorized pursuant to the bylaws and rules of this compact to travel across state lines both to and from each compacting state in such a manner as to track the location of offenders, transfer supervision authority in an orderly and efficient manner, and when necessary return offenders to the originating jurisdictions. The compacting states also recognize that congress, by enacting the Crime Control Act, 4 USC 112 (1965), has authorized and encouraged compacts for cooperative efforts and mutual assistance in the prevention of crime. It is the purpose of this compact and the Interstate Commission created hereunder, through means of joint and cooperative action among the compacting states:

(a) To provide the framework for the promotion of public safety and protect the rights of victims throughout the control and regulation of the interstate movement of offenders in the community.

(b) To provide for the effective tracking, supervision, and rehabilitation of these offenders by sending and receiving states.

(c) To equitably distribute the costs, benefits, and obligations of the compact among the compacting states.

(2) In addition, this compact will do the following:

(a) Create an Interstate Commission which will establish uniform procedures to manage the movement between states of adults placed under community supervision and released to the community under the jurisdiction of courts, paroling authorities, corrections, or other criminal justice agencies which will promulgate rules to achieve the purpose of this compact.

(b) Ensure an opportunity for input and timely notice to victims and to jurisdictions where defined offenders are authorized to travel or to relocate across state lines.

(c) Establish a system of uniform data collection, access to information on active cases by authorized criminal justice officials, and regular reporting of compact activities to heads of state councils, state executive, judicial, and legislative branches and criminal justice administrators.

(d) Monitor compliance with rules governing interstate movement of offenders and initiate interventions to address and correct noncompliance.

(e) Coordinate training and education regarding regulations of interstate movement of offenders for officials involved in such activity.

(3) The compacting states recognize that there is no "right" of any offender to live in another state and that duly accredited officers of a sending state may at all times enter a receiving state and there apprehend and retake any offender under supervision subject to the provisions of this compact and bylaws and rules promulgated hereunder. It is the policy of the compacting states that the activities conducted by the Interstate Commission created herein are the formation of public policies and are therefore public business.

C. This Subpart may be cited as the "Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision".

Acts 2001, No. 606, §1, eff. June 19, 2002.

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