THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES EDWARD F. REILLY, JR. AS A MEMBER OF THE UNITED
STATES PAROLE COMMISSION
The President today announced his intent to nominate Edward F. Reilly, Jr. to serve as a Member of the United States Parole Commission.
Mr. Edward F. Reilly, Jr., of Leavenworth, Kansas, has served as a member of the U.S. Parole Commission since 1992. He served as Chairman from 1992 to 1997. Since 1997, he has been a Commissioner of the National Appeals Board, a component of the Commission. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Reilly spent thirty years in the field of real estate insurance and as a state legislator. He served as a member of the Kansas State House of Representatives from 1963 to 1964 and as a member of the Kansas State Senate from 1964 to 1992 where he served as Assistant Majority Leader. As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Federal and State Affairs he helped pass legislation comprising one of the first state efforts to allow the private sector to hire inmates for businesses near state penal institutions. As Chairman of the Senate/House Committee reviewing the Kansas Correctional System, Mr. Reilly oversaw major reforms for state prisons. He is a member of the American Correctional Association, the Association of Paroling Authorities International, the National Criminal Justice Associations, and the National Association of Chiefs of Police. From 1982 to 1986, Mr. Reilly served as a Commissioner of the National Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.
Mr. Reilly received a B.A degree from the University of Kansas.
The U.S. 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 and other public and private agencies to perform such duties as the Commission deems necessary for maintaining proper supervision of and assistance to parolees. The Commission recently took over the responsibilities of the District of Columbia Parole Commission.