Mr. Cranston J. Mitchell was nominated to the United States Parole
Commission by President George W. Bush. The nomination was confirmed by
the United States Senate on March 6, 2003. President Barack Obama
nominated Commissioner Mitchell for reappointment on May 21, 2009. On
August 7, 2009, the Senate confirmed Commissioner Mitchell's
At the time of Mr. Mitchell's appointment to the Parole Commission he
was serving as a Correctional Program Specialist for the Department of
Justice, National Institute of Corrections (NIC) in Washington, DC.
Prior to the NIC position he spent approximately twenty five (25) years
in state government, working for the State of Missouri. His longest
tenure in state government was eighteen years (18) with the Missouri
Department of Corrections as Chairman and Director of the Board of
Probation and Parole. He also worked as a counselor and administrator in
the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Division of
Vocational Rehabilitation, and as a police officer in the City of St.
Louis, Missouri for seven (7) years.
Mr. Mitchell was the recipient of a Danforth Fellowship and was selected
to attend the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local
Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. He was honored by the
Association of Paroling Authorities, International and presented with
the Vincent O'Leary Award for his contributions to the field of parole
and Ben Baer Award for service to field of parole and community
corrections. He also was the recipient of the Jonathan Jasper Wright
Community Leadership Award given to him by the National Association of
Blacks in Criminal Justice. He was also the recipient of the University
of Missouri-St. Louis Outstanding Alumni Award.
Mr. Mitchell is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and graduated from the
University of Missouri-St. Louis with a BS degree, majoring in political