Jody E. Owens, II

Chief Policy Counsel

Jody E. Owens, II is SPLC’s Chief Policy Counsel and the Managing Attorney of our Mississippi office. For almost a decade, Jody has lobbied and worked with legislatures on behalf of SPLC in the areas of criminal justice, education, immigration, economic justice, and LGBTS rights.  Jody has successfully litigated class action lawsuits on behalf of children and adults throughout the Deep South in matters involving mass incarceration, private prisons, and the school-to-prison pipeline.  As Chief Policy Counsel, Jody works on SPLC’s legislative campaigns across four states.  He has played a leading role in the passage of laws in Mississippi that have reformed the criminal justice system and provided protections for the state’s schoolchildren.  He is a graduate of Jackson State University and received his law degree from Howard University School of Law.  Jody is also a Lieutenant in the United States Navy Reserves.  Jody received the 2016 Presidential Award for Distinguished Contributions to Justice from the American Society of Criminology and was honored as a Mississippi Leader in Law by the Mississippi Business Journal.  Jody is a national presenter and teacher on criminal justice reform and constitutional rights.