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Bench Book - 2.12.1 General Principles of Enforcement

The Commission possesses significant enforcement authority against states deemed in default of their obligations under the Compact. The decision to impose a penalty for noncompliance rests with the Commission as a whole or its executive committee acting on the Commission’s behalf. The enforcement tools available to the Commission include:

  • Requiring remedial training;
  • Mandating mediation or binding arbitration;
  • Providing technical assistance;
  • Imposing financial penalties on a non-compliant state;
  • Suspending a non-compliant state;
  • Termination from the Compact; and
  • Initiating litigation to enforce the terms of the Compact, monetary penalties ordered by the Commission, or obtaining injunctive relief.

Grounds for default include but are not limited to a state’s failure to fulfill such obligations as are imposed by the terms of the Compact, its by-laws, or any duly promulgated rule.



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By-Laws – means those by-laws established by the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision for its governance, or for directing or controlling the Interstate Commission’s actions or conduct.