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State Council Activities

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 that include:

  • Scheduling
  • Notices
  • Meeting Minutes
  • Voting procedures

Staying Energized

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