Council of State Governments, in cooperation with the Office of
Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, is currently supervising
the introduction of The Interstate Compact for Juveniles. At issue are
the management, monitoring, supervision and return of juveniles,
delinquents and status offenders who are on probation or parole and who
have absconded, escaped or run away from supervision and control to
states other than where they were sentenced. Also at issue is the safe
return of juveniles who have run away from home, leaving their state of
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The Interstate Compact for Juveniles, a new
interstate agreement, significantly updates the 50-year-old mechanism
for tracking and supervising juveniles that move across state borders.
Providing enhanced accountability, enforcement, visibility and
communication, the new compact seeks to update a crucial, yet outdated
tool for ensuring public safety and preserving child welfare.
Primary changes to the original Juvenile Compact (1955) include:
establishment of an independent compact operating authority to
administer ongoing compact activity, including a provision for staff
Gubernatorial appointments of
representatives for all member states on a national governing
commission. The commission would meet annually to elect the compact
operating authority members, and to attend to general business and rule
Rule-making authority, provision for significant sanctions to support essential compact operations.
funding mechanism sufficient to support essential compact operations
(staffing, data collection, training/education, etc.).