Georgia Joins Interstate Compact for Juveniles

On Monday, April 28 Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed the updated Interstate Compact for Juveniles.  The new compact will take effect July 1, 2014.  The addition of Georgia means all 50 states plus the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands have now joined the compact. 

The Interstate Compact for Juveniles came about as a joint effort between CSG, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the Association of Juvenile Compact Administrators to redraft the original Interstate Compact on Juveniles.  The original compact had become outdated and needed to be reworked in order to ensure the safe and timely transfer of juvenile offenders across state lines. 

The revised juvenile compact was first considered by state legislatures in 2003.  In 2008 Illinois and Tennessee  joined ICJ, bringing total membership to 35 states, which allowed the new compact to commence transition and operational activities. 

The Interstate Compact for Juveniles joins the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision as compacts developed by CSG that have grown to 50 states.  In addition the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children has now been joined by 47 states plus Washington DC, which represents almost 100% of the impacted population. 

For more information about ICJ please click here.

To read Georgia HB 898 please click here.