David Cowan, no stranger to academic success, describes himself a workaholic, a quality that served him well while he was serving time at San Quentin prison. He received his college degree through the Prison University Project, a curriculum designed to bring out the best in the students who are fortunate enough to be enrolled in this program. He is now administrative assistant of the Prison University Project and the director of re-integration through which he helps others make the adjustment to life outside prison. To listen to David talk about his wonderful family, how he got into San Quentin by mistake and what it took to be re-integrated into society after years behind bars is, in itself, an education worth having.
To hear how he took his life and the responsibility for it into his own hands is, in its own right, an uplifting lesson in the power of well-directed intelligence and transformation. David, a man filled with obvious gratitude to family and friends, plans to write a love letter of appreciation to those in prison and those on the outside who helped him make the transition to the gratifying, full and constructive life he is now living. And, maybe his dad, too.