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What is the Interstate Commission for Juveniles?

Interstate Commission for Juveniles. 

Section 60.010, Article III creates the Interstate Commission for Juveniles (ICJ).  The Interstate Commission is a body corporate and joint agency of the compacting states.  It is comprised of commissioners from each compacting state who are appointed by their respective appointing authority in accordance with the rules and requirements of each compacting state.  Each state has an appointed commissioner who is entitled to one vote at any meeting of the Interstate Commission.  Members are to vote in person and may not delegate a vote to another compacting state.  In addition to the commissioners, the Interstate Commission includes individuals who are not commissioners but who are members of interested organizations.  These non-commissioner members must include a member of the national organizations of governors, legislators, state chief justices, attorneys general, Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children, Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision, juvenile justice and juvenile corrections officials, and crime victims.  These non-commissioner members are ex-officio (non-voting) members.

Section 60.010, Article IV specifies the Interstate Commission’s powers and duties that first and foremost are to: provide for dispute resolution among the compacting states, promulgate rules to effect the purposes and obligations of this compact which have the force and effect of statutory law, oversee, supervise and coordinate the interstate movement of juveniles subject to the terms of this compact, and enforce compliance with the compact provisions, the rules promulgated by the Interstate Commission.

Section 60.010, Article V provides the requirements of the organization and operation of the Interstate Commission.

Section 60.010, Article VIII authorizes the Interstate Commission to levy on and collect an annual assessment from each compacting state to cover the annual approved budget.  The annual assessment amount is allocated based on a formula determined by the Interstate Commission that considers the compacting state’s population and the volume of interstate movement of juveniles in each compacting state. The formula is (population of the state/population of the United States) plus (number of juveniles sent from and received by a state/total number of juvenile offenders sent from and received by all states) divided by two. (ICJ Commission Rule 2-101) The Interstate Commission is responsible for annually reporting ICJ activity and any recommendations that may have been adopted to the executive, judicial and legislative branches, as well as the juvenile and criminal justice administrators of the compacting states.

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