Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision (ICOTS)
The Interstate Compact Offender Tracking System (ICOTS) is a web-based system that facilitates the transfer of supervision for probationers and parolees from one state to another. In fiscal year 2019, the 50 states and 3 territories that comprise the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision (ICAOS) used ICOTS to process over 86,000 transfer requests and more than 382,000 compact activities for over 119,000 active supervision cases. These activities include notifications of departures, arrivals, progress, violations, and case closures. ICOTS also serves as a conduit for miscellaneous communication exchanges and helps to promote effective supervision strategies for offenders under supervision in another state.
Interstate Compact Transfer Information
All 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands are members of the Interstate Compact. The Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision is administered in Washington through the Washington State Department of Corrections in Olympia.
There are two types of transfers, the first is mandatory in that the receiving State must accept the case. The second type of transfer is discretionary, where the receiving State can decline the offender. In either case, the offender does not have the right to transfer to another state. However, at the discretion of the supervising probation officer, offenders who meet the following criteria are eligible for mandatory transfer:
- has more than 90 days or an indefinite period of supervision remaining at the time the sending state transmits the transfer request; and
- has a valid plan of supervision; and
- is in substantial compliance with the terms of supervision in the sending state; and
- is a resident of the receiving state; or
- has resident family in the receiving state who have indicated a willingness and ability to assist as specified in the plan of supervision; and can obtain employment in the receiving state or has means of support.
The receiving state shall complete investigation of the proposed plan of supervision and respond to a sending state’s request for an offender’s transfer of supervision within 45 days. Generally, offenders eligible to transfer under the compact shall not be permitted to travel or relocate to the receiving state without reporting instructions approved or until accepted by the receiving state. There are exceptions such as offenders living in the receiving state at sentencing and expedited request due to emergencies.
A receiving state shall supervise the offender transferred under the interstate compact in a manner determined by the receiving state and consistent with the supervision of other similar offenders sentenced in the receiving state. The offender must comply with special conditions imposed by both the sending and receiving states.
If you have questions or would like to discuss your options for transfer, please speak directly with your Skagit County Probation Officer Trevor Rose.
For more information visit the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision website.