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What is the Interstate Compact?

The interstate compact is an agreement entered into by two or more states to provide supervision to offenders who cross state lines to reside and work. States that wish to be part of this process have to join the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision (national compact) through legislation.

What is the primary purpose of the compact?

To enhance public safety and to provide a mechanism that allows a continuum of supervision of offenders who cross state boundaries.

Who administers the compact?

Compact Administrators and their deputies are appointed by the governor of each state to develop operational policies, practices and procedures on how adult offenders will be supervised (Pam Bunke is CA, Cathy Gordon DCA). Each state and 3 territories operate its own Interstate Compact Bureau. Bifurcated states have two units.

How did Montana become part of the National Compact?

Through legislative authorization. The 2001 Montana Legislature approved the new compact through Senate Bill 40 ( MCA 46-23-1115).

How does the Montana Interstate Compact Bureau function?

The deputy compact administrator and three agents perform the daily operations of the Interstate Bureau. The bureau monitors compact rules and regulations as they pertain to the supervision of the interstate offenders. It is a clearinghouse for all correspondence and communications for interstate business and works closely with 23 Montana adult district probation and parole offices, 7 misdemeanor probation offices, 7 treatment centers, 6 prisons, 7 prerelease centers, 2 sanction centers and all other states.

Does the compact allow states to refuse to accept an offender from another state?

Yes. If the plan is not a valid or viable plan for success for the offender. All mandatory cases must be accepted unless there is a determining factor that makes the placement not appropriate.

Can a state refuse to accept an offender under the compact based on the crime committed?


What are the benefits of the compact?

Communities and victims benefit because policies, procedures and conditions of supervision are enforced across state lines. This means victims are more likely to receive restitution if the offender is working in the community. Offenders benefit because they are allowed to return or relocate where they have families, emotional or financial support, or employment.

How is the use of the Interstate Compact a positive alternative to incarceration?

Many offenders are not always residents of the state where they are convicted. Their families, resources and jobs are in other states. Supervision of all offenders crossing state lines is critical and can only be successful when offenders are properly supervised, attending treatment and programming as directed and are employed. The offenders are encouraged to pay off restitution and complete treatment requirements.

What offenders are eligible for transfer?

Offenders on community supervision, including those on parole, probation, conditional release and those convicted of misdemeanors.

How many Montana offenders are being supervised in other states under the compact? How many Offenders from other states being supervised in Montana under the compact?

Approx 1,000 MT offenders and 438 including misd’s have transferred in.

How much does the compact cost Montana?


Is there a cost to offender wishing transfer and what is it used for?

The Interstate Bureau established a $50 application fee that is paid by offenders applying to transfer supervision out of Montana. The fee is used to pay the annual dues to the Interstate Commission. 3rd state transfers are now also required to pay a $50 fee for us to help initiate that process.

Do all offenders have to pay the fee?

Offenders, in conjunction with their supervising officer, can request a full or partial wavier of the fee.

Where can information about the compact be found?

The National Interstate Commission’s Web site is

Where can Montana information be found?

At the Department of Corrections Web site,, under the “Community Corrections” tab.

Who staffs our Interstate Compact Bureau?

Cathy Gordon, Deputy Compact Administrator, 444-4916; Janet Erb, Agent, 444-4621; Sheronda Vaughn, Agent, 444-4037; Jamie Delappe-Gibson, Agent, 444-9522.

Who supervises misdemeanor cases?

Seven misd. probation offices around our state. If they transfer to an area that does not have misd. coverage than the P&P state offices supervise.

Can all misdemeanor cases transfer?

Only offenders convicted in four categories of offenses are mandatory misdemeanor transfer cases: driving under the influence (two or more), sexual crimes requiring registration in the sending state, illegal firearms possession and threatening or causing bodily harm. States may choose to supervise others.