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                     Office of the Press Secretary
                           (Istanbul, Turkey)
For Immediate Release                                  November 16, 1999

                        PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES 

     The President today announced his intent to nominate Janie L.

Jeffers as a Commissioner of the United States Parole Commission.

Ms. Janie L. Jeffers, of Washington, D.C., has had a distinguished career in public policy, management, health care, and criminal justice at the federal and local levels. Since April 1997, she has served as Executive Deputy Director for the Federal DC Interagency Task Force, where she coordinates technical assistance to the District of Columbia government on economic development, education, childcare, and public/private partnerships. From 1996-1997, Ms. Jeffers was the Policy Advisor for the President's Crime Prevention Council which was chaired by Vice President Gore. From 1992-1996, she was Chief of the National Office of Citizen Participation for the Federal Bureau of Prisons at the Department of Justice. From 1985-1991, she was Deputy Commissioner for the New York City Department of Correction, rising through the ranks to become the first civilian to achieve that position. She managed city-wide delivery of health care, education, and legal services for over 20,000 inmates with a $50 million budget. While with New York City, she was on loan to the National Institute of Corrections in Colorado to provide technical assistance to over 300 county and municipal governments. In addition, Ms. Jeffers has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization on AIDS management in penal institutions in Europe and Africa. She has been a field instructor at the Columbia University School of Social Work, an adjunct professor at the Baruch College in New York City and instructor at the National Academy of Corrections in Colorado. She has authored various publications, has many media credits and is the recipient of numerous meritorious awards.

Ms. Jeffers received her B.A. and M.S.W. degrees from Howard University.

The Parole Commission has the sole authority to grant, modify, or revoke paroles of eligible prisoners serving sentences of more than one year, including military prisoners. It is responsible for the supervision of parolees and prisoners released upon the expiration of their sentences with allowances for statutory good time, and the determination of supervisory conditions and terms. The Parole Commission consists of five Members appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate for six year terms. Under recent law, the U.S. Parole Commission has assumed the duties of the District of Columbia Board of Parole.