2012- John Staley elected new Lonoke County Sheriff
2011- State of the art 136 bed detention facility, sheriff's office, and courtroom built and being utilized
2008- County Judge Charlie Troutman, and building chairman Larry Odom along with the Quorum Court voted to present to the voters a one cent tax to build a new county jail and sherriff's office....estimated price to build was close to 6 million dollars. With the assitance of Jeff Welch, U of A extension service was presented to the voters of Lonoke county.
1987- An addition was added to the present jail and the sheriff's office enlarged and moved into the old library location.
1973- A new annex and jail were completed east of the courthouse on court street.
1928- Lonoke County has a new $195,000 courthouse and jail. The structure is 4 stories high with the jail constructed on the top floor. The old jail was destroyed to make room for the courthouse.
1898-Lonoke Democrat: The old iron cells which since 1864 have been in the field at Brownsville were hauled to Lonoke. The jail of Prairie county was torn down by federal soldiers during the war and the cells being indestructible have remained silent reminder of war days. For years after the was these iron bars were used for a corn crib by a farmer owning the land on which it sat. These cages will be used in building a calaboose for the town and should be secure against escape of anyone who shall be so unfortunate to be confined therein.
1891- Lonoke Democrat: Nearly all the prisoners confined in the county jail escaped the other morning. Deputy Sheriff Tygart carelessly left the keys in a door cell.
1889- Mr and Mrs W.F. James for the consideration of $600 in cash and the old jail lot, valued at $50.00 executed a deed to the county for all of block 20 in Wright's survey of the town of Lonoke and are, at this time completing a jail and jailers residence on that site. This is a 2 story brick building, with the dwelling portion below and the jail above, the latter provided with steel cells. Construction cost was $11,000.
1883- Lonoke Democrat: It is reported that a new jail will cost $600 to $900 to build. It will be of an ordinary frame house and would use the cells therein that are now in the old jail house at Brownsville.
1874- The first county jail was built on the south half of lot 11 in block 4, in Lonoke, the Hicks & Reynolds survey. It was a log structure built by the contractor, A. Washmood, for the sum of $3750. In April of 1876, 2 prisoners, Ed Blood, charged with murder, and Kelly Murphy, arrested for horse stealing were confined therein. Blood was fastened with a chain to the floor. Some outside party assisted Murphy to burn a hole through the door large enough to enable them to make their escape. Blood was liberated form his chains by Murphy, after which both escaped, and leaving the jail on fire. The jail burned to the ground.
July 26, 1873- Lonoke Democrat: Headlines read, LONOKE NEEDS A JAIL! The first prisoner of Lonoke County, Daniel Cook, who was sentenced by Justice Morris of Gumwoods township to 3 months imprisonment in Lonoke's "taterhouse" escaped. He was charged a fine of $50.00 for fighting. He leaves the county minus several dollars to say nothing of the vitals devoured by Cook. Lonoke needs a jail.