Adjusted for inflation, Wallace will earn less than any of the three previous corrections secretaries.
Arkansas Republican leaders are poised to lock people up longer and build more prisons.
A seven-year mistake led to parole for many inmates who weren't eligible.
County, state and federal agencies are jumping in to investigate the savage beating of a South Carolina man at the hands of Arkansas law enforcement officers. The governor touts tougher penalties, tighter surveillance of convicts and more prison beds as ways to deter crime.
The security staff at the Tucker Maximum Security prison, where inmates have twice overpowered guards in the last 16 days, is about 24 percent below authorized force.