Jody Owens II

Managing Attorney, Mississippi

Jody Owens leads the SPLC’s Mississippi office and its efforts to reform the state’s juvenile justice, adult criminal justice, educational, and mental health systems. He focuses on the representation of vulnerable children and works to increase investments in communities and schools. His work has brought to light horrific and unconstitutional conditions forced upon children and youth in many for-profit and public juvenile detention facilities in Mississippi. Previously, he was an attorney at a nationally recognized law firm in Jackson, Miss., where he successfully litigated a variety of cases, including civil rights and constitutional law cases. He also served as a special prosecutor for the District Attorney’s office of Hinds County, Miss., where he prosecuted felony murder cases. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Jackson State University and received his law degree from Howard University School of Law, where he was a member of the Social Justice Law Review and the Huver I. Brown Trial Advocacy Moot Court Team. Jody is also an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Jody serves on several non-profit boards and most recently was the 2012 Public Service Award recipient for the Magnolia Bar Association, 2012 fellow for the National Juvenile Justice Network Leadership Institute, and a 2014 recipient of the Citizenship Award by the Mississippi Bar.