Interstate Corrections Compact Law and Legal Definition

An Interstate Corrections Compact is a contractual agreement between states for improving and utilizing their corrections facilities to provide suitable programs for the confinement, treatment and rehabilitation of different types of offenders, thereby serving the best interests of such offenders and lowering the recidivism rate. When an interstate corrections compact is in effect, each state's Department of Corrections may provide information about inmates, prisons, facilities and programs of that state to another state and the two states cooperate to best use the resources available between them to minimize costs and increase effectiveness.

Title 11, Article 8 of the Indiana Annotated Code provides for the Interstate Corrections Compact in Indiana.

Burns Ind. Code Ann. § 11-8-4-1 provides as follows:

11-8-4-1. Purpose of compact.

The party states, desiring by common action fully to utilize and improve their institutional facilities and provide adequate programs for various types of offenders, declare that it is the policy of each of the party states to provide such facilities and programs on a basis of cooperation with one another, thereby serving the best interests of such offenders and of society and effecting economies in capital expenditures and operational costs. The purpose of this compact is to provide for the mutual development and execution of such programs of cooperation for the confinement, care, and training of offenders with the most economical use of human and material resources.