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Governor names new chair of Arkansas parole board

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Governor names new chair of Arkansas parole board

Feb 14, 2024 | 9:31 pm ET
By Sonny Albarado
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Governor names new chair of Arkansas parole board
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Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders named a new chair of the state Post-Prison Transfer Board (also known as the parole board) late Wednesday. (Photo by John Sykes Jr./Arkansas Advocate)

Austin attorney Lona McCastlain was named Wednesday evening as chair of the state parole board, which also makes the former prosecutor a member of the Arkansas Board of Corrections.

Governor names new chair of Arkansas parole board
Lona McCastlain

Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced the dual appointment about 6:42 p.m. in a press release along with appointees to other state boards and some county governments.

McCastlain replaces Jamol Jones, who resigned as chair of the Post-Prison Transfer Board on Feb. 2, after reports about his past relationship with a minor came to light. Jones’ resignation came about a week after Sanders had named him chair of the parole board.

Sanders, in late January, reappointed McCastlain to the Post-Prison Transfer Board to a term that ends in 2031.

McCastlain served as a prosecuting attorney in Lonoke County from 1998-2008 and has served as a special justice on the state Supreme Court.