Organization and leadership are the key components for maintaining an effective, energized State Council. Although structure and make-up may vary across states, the purpose of State Councils is profoundly similar. The Council is essentially a communication and support mechanism to assist with developing statewide policy, acquiring critical resources and operating the Compact Office.
Council members should be familiar with:
- The compact’s purpose, rules and authority of the Interstate Commission.
- Your state’s Compact process.
- How your state appoints the Compact Administrator and a designee in the absence of the Administrator to attend a Commission meeting.
- The Compact office’s operations and assist in supporting its needs (e.g. staffing, sustaining a network for stakeholders to ensure efficiency for internal compact related processes.
General Activities for the Council
Develop/Revisit the Council’s:
- Mission Statement
- Short and long term plans
- Goals and objectives
Establish meeting procedures or by-laws:
- Meeting Minutes
- Voting procedures
Projects that are helpful to the compact office and suitable for engaging the Council include:
- Streamline stakeholder involvement and improve state’s compact obligations:
- Establish/revise policy related to interstate processes
- Ensure your state provides consistent supervision of interstate offenders and instate offenders by discussing current initiatives related to community-supervised offenders (e.g. new evidence based practices, risk assessment tools, violation matrixes, etc.)
- Assess compact office workload and needs/recommend changes to processes and procedures
- Present on the Compact at conferences
- Recommend legislative changes and lobby legislative groups
- Recommend changes to the Compact rules
- Develop a dispute resolution policy and procedure