Jamol Jones resigns from Arkansas Board of Corrections

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A day after it was revealed Jamol Jones was fired as a Benton police officer for sexual misconduct, Jones resigned from the Post Prison Transfer Board, which also placed him on the Arkansas Board of Corrections (BOC).

Jones, of Benton, was appointed in late January to the BOC as chair of the Post-Prison Transfer Board by Gov. Sarah Sanders. The appointment had yet to be approved by the Arkansas Senate.

According to information provided to Talk Business & Politics by the City of Benton, Jones was hired April 25, 2018, as a police officer by the Benton Police Department. Several months later, Jones would begin a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female after a meeting at Planet Fitness.

An investigation conducted by Benton Police Captain Kevin Russell confirmed the relationship, including that Jones, then age 25, received oral sex from the juvenile female in the parking lot of a U.S. Post Office in Benton. The investigation also found that the girl “pursued” Jones and he “initially resisted her advances.”

Following Russell’s investigation, an administrative hearing was held Nov. 13, after which Jones was fired.

Jones sent a note to Talk Business & Politics late Friday saying he is resigning.

“Effective today, February 2, 2024, I am resigning from the Post Prison Transfer Board. It has been the honor of my life to serve the people of Arkansas in this capacity. I am grateful to the Sanders administration for this opportunity, but this decision is being made in the best interest of me and my family.”