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The Road Home: An ICAOS Documentary

Follow six individuals as they navigate the winding road from incarceration across state lines to community supervision closer to home. They are transfer candidates of the Interstate Compact, a collection of regulations and rules guiding the movement of individuals who have been incarcerated miles from home. The compact gives them the chance to serve the remainder of their sentences among family and social supports, which have been shown to have a positive effect on reducing the likelihood of an individual committing future crime.

This one-hour documentary tells the story of the compact through the lives of men and women from around the country as they navigate the transfer process in real time. Each person has a different story, a different crime, and unusual circumstances that affect their eligibility to transfer based on compact rules. As we follow them through the process, we hear from family members and others as they describe how the compact has affected them personally and how their lives might change if only their father, mother, brother, or wife can finally come home.

Connecting the film to the past and future of criminal justice are interviews with correctional leaders who maintain and are variously involved with the compact. Featured are representatives from the state and local correctional agencies from which the transfer candidates originate, executives from the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision (ICAOS), and present and former staff of the National Institute of Corrections (NIC). Highlights include conversations with:

  • George Keiser, former Chief, Community Corrections Division, NIC
  • Pat Tuthill, victims’ rights and ICAOS advocate
  • Ashley Lippert, Executive Director, ICAOS
  • Jeremiah Stromberg, Chair, ICAOS

The purpose of the film is to entertain as well as educate viewers about ICAOS and the workings of this aspect of the criminal justice system. It is an engaging, eye-opening cinematic experience that uncovers the complexities of the transfer process and the tremendous effect its success can have on individuals and their families. Victims’ rights and historic improvements in victim and community safety are also addressed.   

NIC encourages correctional educators to use this film in the classroom as a conversation starter and teaching tool with students and staff. Correctional facilities may also use the film to give incarcerated individuals an honest picture of what they might expect if they choose to participate in the interstate compact transfer process themselves. Local leaders and stakeholders can use the film to discuss how supervision and transfers might affect the broader community.


This documentary was funded by the National Institute of Corrections, U.S. Department of Justice. Points of view or opinions stated in this documentary are those of the authors/producers/participants and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. The National Institute of Corrections reserves the right to reproduce, publish, translate, or otherwise use and to authorize others to publisher and use all or any part of the copyrighted material contained in this publication.


The Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision is a quasi-governmental administrative body vested with broad regulatory authority and responsibility to administer the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision. The opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints expressed in the foregoing production are those of the individual speakers and do not necessarily reflect or represent the opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints held by ICAOS or any official ICAOS policy.

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