Interstate Agreement on Detainers Connecticut
"The purpose of the interstate agreement on detainers is to establish a cooperative procedure for disposition of charges against a prisoner in one state who is wanted to respond to untried criminal charges in another state. General Statutes 54-186, art. I.
The interstate agreement on detainers is activated when the state seeking the prisoner (the receiving state) files written notice that he is wanted to answer charges in that state.
This notice, referred to as a detainer, is simply a notification filed with the institution in which the prisoner is serving a sentence, advising that he is wanted to face pending criminal charges in another jurisdiction. United States v. Mauro, 436 U.S. 340, 359, 98 S. Ct. 1834, 56 L. Ed. 2d 329 (1978)." X v. Liburdi, 26 Conn. App. 254, 256, 600 A.2d 17 (1991), cert. denied, 221 Conn. 910, 602 A.2d 9 (1992).
"The interstate agreement on detainers is a congressionally sanctioned interstate compact the interpretation of which presents a question of federal law. Cuyler v. Adams, 449 U.S. 433, 442, 101 S. Ct. 703, 66 L. Ed. 2d 641 (1981)." (Internal quotation marks omitted.) Remick v. Lopes, 203 Conn. 494, 498, 525 A.2d 502 (1987).
In Remick, our Supreme Court noted that the purpose of the interstate agreement on detainers is "to encourage the expeditious and orderly disposition of such charges and determination of the proper status of any and all detainers based on untried indictments, informations or complaints." Id., 500, quoting 54-186, art. I.
Our Supreme Court also has noted that "the United States Supreme Court, however, in Carchman v. Nash, 473 U.S. 716, 105 S. Ct. 3401, 87 L. Ed. 2d 516 (1985), concluded that detainers based upon probation or parole violation warrants are not based on 'untried indictments, informations or complaints'; Remick v. Lopes, supra, 500; and therefore are not subject to disposition under the interstate agreement on detainers." Wheway v. Warden, 215 Conn. 418, 427-28, 576 A.2d 494 (1990); see also State v. Durkin, 219 Conn. 629, 632-33 n.3, 595 A.2d 826 (1991).