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Jack Cowley

National Director, Division of Institutions

Jack Cowley retired with 30 years of service from the State of Oklahoma Department of Corrections.  Most of his career with the state was as a prison warden where he served in that capacity at three facilities.  


Upon retirement Jack joined the staff of Prison Fellowship Ministries where he served as National Director of Operations for the InnerChange Freedom Initiative overseeing reentry programs in Texas, Iowa, Kansas, and Minnesota. Through InnerChange Freedom Initiative,  a model was established which vastly reduces the rate that incarcerated individuals released from prison re-offend.  


As the National Director for Prisons & Re-Entry with Alpha USA from 2004 – 2024, Jack's primary function was to link Faith-based and community organizations with correctional facilities to reduce recidivism and thereby increase public safety.  His guiding principle regarding incarceration is that it is the responsibility of the system to insure that people leave prison “better” than when they entered.

Jack consults nationally and internationally regarding criminal justice issues, including testifying before Congress regarding the 2nd Chance Act. He was previously appointed to an 8-year term by US Attorney General John Ashcroft to the Advisory Board of the National Institute of Corrections.  


Jack earned his Bachelor of Science from Oklahoma State University in Sociology as well as a Master of Science in Correctional Administration.  He completed his course work toward his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma in Organizational Leadership. 

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