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​Interstate Compact for Juveniles (ICJ)


The Interstate Compact for Juveniles (ICJ) provides for the transfer or relocation of eligible juveniles from one state to another. It ensures that the adjudicated juveniles and status offenders subject to this compact are provided adequate supervision and services in the receiving state, ensure that the public safety interests in both the sending and receiving state are protected, and return the juveniles who have run away, absconded, or escaped from supervision or control or have been accused of an offense to the state requesting their return. All 50 states have enacted the Interstate Compact for Juveniles. As of April 2014, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Marina Islands and Puerto Rico have not enacted the revised Interstate Compact for Juveniles.
 

Interstate Commission for Juveniles

The Interstate Compact for Juveniles established the Interstate Commission for Juveniles consisting of commissioners appointed from each compacting state. The Commission has the authority to establish rules to effect the purpose and obligations of the compact, which will have the force and effect of statutory law and shall be binding in the compacting states as provided in the compact. Each state is responsible for developing policies and procedures on administering ICJ matters within their state.
 

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