D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, faced with mounting pressure to relieve overcrowding at the D.C. Jail, named a 16-member criminal justice board yesterday to coordinate planning among local and federal law enforcement officials.

In a statement announcing the new board, Barry said the board will improve the city's ability to plan its programs and deal with problems of "prison overcrowding and rehabilitation of offenders."

U.S. District Court Senior Judge William B. Bryant recently threatened to hold Barry and city corrections officials in contempt if something were not done soon to relieve jail overcrowding.

The jail, built to house 1,355 prisoners, now has more than 2,400 inmates.

Officials said they hope the new board, expected to meet bi-monthly, will improve coordination among the branches of the criminal justice system.

Barry said yesterday that he will chair the board.

The board also includes D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge H. Carl Moultrie I, City Council Chairman David Clarke, Council member Wilhelmina Rolark (D-Ward 8), who heads the council's judiciary committee, U.S. Attorney Stanley S. Harris and the chiefs of the Metropolitan, Park and U.S. Capitol Police departments.

Other members of the new permanent board are the directors of the corrections department, the public defender service, the bail agency, the parole board, the human services department, the office of criminal justice planning, the D.C. Corporation Counsel and D.C. school superintendent Floretta McKenzie. Barry Names Board to Deal With Prison Overcrowding By Al Kamen Washington Post Staff Writer

D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, faced with mounting pressure to relieve overcrowding at the D.C. Jail, named a 16-member criminal justice board yesterday to coordinate planning among local and federal law enforcement officials.

In a statement announcing the new board, Barry said the board will improve the city's ability to plan its programs and deal with problems of "prison overcrowding and rehabilitation of offenders."

U.S. District Court Senior Judge William B. Bryant recently threatened to hold Barry and city corrections officials in contempt if something were not done soon to relieve jail overcrowding.

The jail, built to house 1,355 prisoners, now has more than 2,400 inmates.

Officials said they hope the new board, expected to meet bi-monthly, will improve coordination among the branches of the criminal justice system.

Barry said yesterday that he will chair the board.

The board also includes D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge H. Carl Moultrie I, City Council Chairman David Clarke, Council member Wilhelmina Rolark (D-Ward 8), who heads the council's judiciary committee, U.S. Attorney Stanley S. Harris and the chiefs of the Metropolitan, Park and U.S. Capitol Police departments.

Other members of the new permanent board are the directors of the corrections department, the public defender service, the bail agency, the parole board, the human services department, the office of criminal justice planning, the D.C. Corporation Counsel and D.C. school superintendent Floretta McKenzie.