Chris Norman, Probation and Parole Division Director / Compact Administrator

Lee Ishman, Probation and Parole Supervisor


The Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision is a legal agreement between forty-nine states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Only Massachusetts is not part of the Compact.   The Compact is a device which is federal in nature, with enforceable status under the U. S. Constitution. The Compact was established to allow for travel and relocation to other states and territories, when to do so would improve the employment and social situation of the parolee or probationer, and would further their rehabilitation process.

The practical application of the compact is that it enables various states to serve as each other’s agents in the supervision of persons on parole and probation. The compact further provides for the return of violators to court or prison (in the sending state), without the need for the extradition process.


  1. Represent the State at conferences, local and national, dealing with interstate problems.
  2. Call conferences within the state at such time that he deems it necessary and expedient.
  3. Delegate authority to such officials he may deem necessary and expedient.
  4. Serve as chief state correspondent on interstate and intrastate parole and probation matters.
  5. Serve as mediator in all jurisdictional disputes regarding acceptance or refusal of "in or out of state" parole and probation cases.
  6. Recommend any revision of the interstate rules and regulations, as well as, Federal Legislation dealing with the Compact.
  7. Serve as a "clearing house" on the movement of all interstate parolees and probationers.
  8. Announce officially any necessary rules, regulations, and general information regarding the operation of the Compact.
  9. Sponsor legislation to facilitate operation of the Compact.


Q. How does a person apply for supervision under the compact?

A. While serving in a penal institution a few months before parole, an inmate is interviewed by a Correctional Counselor or an Institutional Parole Officer and the application process is begun at that time if the inmate indicates he desires placement out of state.

Q. Where can a person transfer under compact supervision?

A. There is an active compact agreement with 49 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Only Massachusetts is not part of the Compact.

Q. What are the conditions of parole or probation in another state?

A. An applicant must agree to abide by the rules and regulations of the sending state and the receiving state.

Q. Can a person under compact supervision travel out of state on their job?

A. The compact provides for travel that is job related, under certain conditions.  The supervising officer will make that determination based on the Compact rules, and issue the necessary travel permits.

Q. Can a person leave the country under compact supervision?

A. Only to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. There are no provisions to allow travel to any country.

Q. When can a parolee or probationer proceed to another state?

A. Only after the receiving state has had a opportunity to investigate the proposed home and job and has given their permission.

Q. How long will the supervision last in another state?

A. The sending state determines the length of supervision (their court or parole board), and the offender is supervised until a discharge is received from the sending state.

Q. Who can initiate an O S transfer request for someone already on probation or parole?

A. The individual through his/her probation or parole officer.

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