Dr. Charles Chastain is a Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he has been since the inception of the Criminal Justice program in 1972. He was Coordinator or Chair of the Criminal Justice program from 1975 to 1997, and now serves as the primary undergraduate student advisor for current students and the UALR Criminal Justice alumni chapter, as well as pre-law and Legal Studies advisor for the University.
His primary interests are in the area of Constitutional Law and Criminal Justice Careers. He is currently developing a course based on the Inside-Out model of Temple University when UALR students and prison inmates share a classroom and study the major issues in Criminal Justice today. He served on the state Parole Board from 1993 to 2003, and has served on the Board of the Law Enforcement Training Academy, and the Governor Bill Clinton’s Task Force on Crime and Justice. He currently serves on the Board of the Substance Abuse Treatment Clinic of UAMS, the Arkansas Assisted Housing Network, and the Inmate Council of the Department of Correction Pine Bluff Unit.
For the past ten years he conducted a Prison Library Project which involves gathering books donated from UALR faculty, staff, and friends and giving them to the Arkansas Department of Correction libraries. His accomplishments with this project have been publicized in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and USA Today newspapers. He is also founded a Reentry into Society Program for inmates at the Wrightsville Unit of the Department of Correction.