Understanding Pennsylvania's Interstate Compact Adult Offender Supervision
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PENNSYLVANIA'S INTERSTATE COMPACT FOR ADULT OFFENDER SUPERVISION (ICAOS)

PENNSYLVANIA’S INTERSTATE COMPACT FOR ADULT OFFENDER SUPERVISION (ICAOS)

Effective June 19, 2002, Pennsylvania’s legislature enacted 61 Pa. C.S.A. § 7112, which authorizes the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to join the Interstate Compact for the Supervision of Adult Offenders (ICAOS). Read more about the Interstate Compact for the Supervision of Adult Offenders (ICAOS) in Pennsylvania rules.

When an individual is placed on probation or parole in one state but wants to move to another state to serve out the conditions of probation or parole, the other state must agree to supervise the individual on probation or parole. The process of transferring probation or parole supervision from one state to another is governed by the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision (ICAOS). The interstate compact is an agreement reached by each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia (DC), Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Many problems arise under the ICAOS. As a preliminary matter, the person placed on probation must often wait a lengthy period of time while the application is being considered. In many cases, this presents a hardship for the individual to stay in Pennsylvania while waiting for the other state to approve the interstate compact transfer of probation.

West Chester Interstate Compact Attorney

If you are on probation or parole in West Chester, PA, and want to move to another state, contact the Skinner Law Firm. Michael J. Skinner of the Skinner Law Firm will examine the details of your case to try and help you find the best possible outcome for your situation. Call (610) 436-1410 for a consultation today directly with an experienced criminal defense attorney.


Violation of Probation in Interstate Compact Cases

Other problems arise when an individual allegedly violates probation after the probation has been transferred to another state. The probation officer that supervises the offender must then report that information to the probation officer in the jurisdiction where the offender was originally sentenced. That probation officer will forward the information to the court. If the court signs a violation of probation warrant for the offender’s arrest, the warrant can be a warrant with a bond or a no bond warrant.


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ICAOS Initial Eligibility Criteria

In order to apply for interstate compact, the individual must have good cause for wanting their probation or parole supervision transferred to another state. Some of these factors can include, but are not limited to:

  • The individual is more likely to complete the supervision period successfully because of the ability to reunite with family;
  • The individual has a suitable place to live in the other state;
  • The individual has an opportunity to find meaningful employment in the other state; or
  • The individual has health problems and health care issues that make it necessary to move to the other state.

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Pennsylvania State Fees for Interstate Compact

The Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole has set a $100 application fee. Additionally, the supervision fees in Pennsylvania are $30 per month, which can only be reduced or waived in limited circumstances. Some of these circumstances can include, but are not limited to:

  • The individual is below the poverty level income;
  • The individual is a full-time student; or
  • The individual is collecting welfare.

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Understanding Pennsylvania’s Interstate Compact

Contact the Skinner Law Firm today for a consultation about your interstate compact questions in Chester County, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding areas in Delaware County. Michael J. Skinner is an experienced West Chester probation violation lawyer who will listen to the facts of your particular situation, and make every effort to help you achieve the best possible outcome in your situation.

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