Interstate Agreement on Detainers Act Law and Legal Definition

This is a law which was originally enacted in 1956, in which the federal government, certain states, and the District of Columbia agree that a state could obtain custody of a prisoner for trial even if the prisoner is already incarcerated in another state. Pursuant to the Uniform Mandatory Disposition of Detainers Act, if a prisoner makes a written request for disposition of the charges in the second state, the second state should try the prisoner within 180 days of the request.