By C J Oakes, Contributor
Pam Alexander-Schneider, Executive Director of Lubbock Victim Assistance Services, Inc. of Lubbock, Texas was recently sworn March 8, 2017 as a member of the Texas Council for Interstate Adult Offenders Supervision. Family, friends, LVAS personal, law enforcement, and district attorneys were present as Judge Bill Sowder of the 99th District Court officiated the appointment ceremony on behalf of Governor Greg Abbott who could not be present.
What will this new role mean for Ms. Alexander-Schneider and the Lubbock community?
The Interstate Compact for the Supervision of Parolees and Probationers was established in 1937 to provide a means by which offenders out of prison on parole could travel, if necessary and approved, between the states. It was formed because the states recognized that some parolees and probationers may have a legitimate reason to relocate out of the state in which they were sentenced and/or incarcerated. When such a relocation takes place, however, the state holding legitimate claim to their lives until they have met the terms of their parole/probation would need a way to continue tracking their progress despite them leaving the jurisdiction.
When a relocation takes place, the state having oversight of those convicted of crimes not yet cleared by conditions of parole/probation need a way to continue tracking their progress despite them leaving the jurisdiction.
A compact between the states was the solution.
The ICSPP served the nation well, but by 1998, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) recognized a need to revise the original compact between the states. So, in 2000, the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision (ICAOC) was recommended to the states and by 2002, 35 had ratified the agreement.
The duties of the ICAOC include:
- the creation of rules for reaching organizational goals
- providing a way for jurisdictions and victims to have input into offender relocation decisions
- providing a way to notify jurisdictions and victims of a relocation in a timely manner
- the uniform collection of data related to offender relocations
- providing access to important offender information needed by law enforcement and other justice system officials
- coordination of activities with public officials having oversight of persons under the control of the department of corrections, law enforcement, the courts, and related organizations.
- monitoring compliance
- initiates non-compliance interventions with the necessary authorities
- provides training as needed to ensure offender movement regulations are properly implemented.
Each state has a chapter of the ICAOC. To learn more about each state chapter of the organization, visit http://www.interstatecompact.org/Directory/RegionsStates.aspx.
The Role of Pam Alexander-Schneider in the Texas Chapter of he ICAOC
As a council member, Ms. Alexander-Schneider will participate in setting the rules and regulations for parolees being paroled to Texas from other states. As the Director of LVAS, she is the voice for victims of violent crimes in setting those rules and regulations. Said Ms. Alexander-Schneider,
“Victims of violence have the same needs and outcomes across our nation. They want to feel safe and protected when it comes to their offenders and other offenders that are released on parole.”
In keeping with that statement, her new duties with the ICAOC dovetail nicely with the Mission of Lubbock Victim Assistance Services, which you may read here.
In addition to LVAS and the ICAOC, Ms. Alexander-Schenider also oversees the activities of Speak Out Lubbock, an organization dedicated to helping prevent substance-impaired driving. Those impaired by alcohol and other substances account for untold misery on our streets and highways. Although DUI/DWI is not listed as a violent crime, the effects are just as harrowing, with victims suffering years or decades of trauma because of horrific accidents.
To better understand the role of Speak Out Lubbock in the South Plains and how DWI/DUI impact lives, check out a few of these videos.
Congratulations to both Pam Alexander-Schneider and the citizens of the South Plains. She, for the honor of being called to serve in this important organization and those of us living in Lubbock because she will surely continue to help make our community a better place in which to live and raise families.