THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON DESIGNATES MICHAEL J. GAINES CHAIR OF THE UNITED STATES PAROLE COMMISSION The President announced today his intent to designate Michael J.
Gaines as Chair of the United States Parole Commission.
Mr. Gaines of North Little Rock, Arkansas, has served as a Commissioner on the United States Parole Commission since 1995. Before joining the Commission, Mr. Gaines served as the Chair of the Arkansas State Board of Parole and Community Rehabilitation. He also served as the Executive Director of the State Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct, the Governor's Criminal Justice Liaison and Pardon and Extradition Counsel. In addition Mr. Gaines has served on numerous state boards, including the Board of Corrections, the Governor's Corrections Resources Commission, the Board of Pardons and Paroles, and the Governor's Task Force on Crime. Mr. Gaines received his B.A. in 1973 and his J.D. in 1977, from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
The United States Parole Commission, an independent agency within the Department of Justice, has the power to grant, deny and revoke parole for eligible Federal offenders. It also directs probation officers, other individuals and organizations, and public and private agencies to perform such duties as the Commission deems necessary for maintaining proper supervision of and assistance to parolees.