Toolkit on State Councils for Interstate Juvenile Supervision

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The Interstate Compact for Juveniles (ICJ) requires each member jurisdiction to create and maintain a State Council for Interstate Juvenile Supervision.

The State Council serves as an interbranch coordinating body and is the in-state partner to the Interstate Commission for Juveniles (ICJ’s national governing body). The State Council and its members serve in advisory, advocacy and oversight roles within the state.

For example, a State Council may:

  1. provide assistance with in-state ICJ operations and practice;
  2. raise the visibility of the compact among state leaders, non-governmental interest groups and the public; and
  3. coordinate compact-related activities and responses among the three branches of government.

Interstate Compact for Juveniles, Article IX

“Each member state shall create a State Council for Interstate Juvenile Supervision. While each state may determine the membership of its own state council, its membership must include at least one representative from the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of government, victims groups, and the compact administrator, deputy compact administrator or designee. Each compacting state retains the right to determine the qualifications of the compact administrator or deputy compact administrator. Each state council will advise and may exercise oversight and advocacy concerning that state’s participation in Interstate Commission activities and other duties as may be determined by that state, including but not limited to, development of policy concerning operations and procedures of the compact within that state.”

Each state adopted provisions related to the establishment of a State Council when the ICJ was adopted.  To view any state’s enacted legislation, visit   Some states have also issued Executive Orders regarding the establishment and/or operations of the State Council.

See Appendix A for an example of a State Council Executive Order.

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