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Jason Sole

Minneapolis National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Jason Marque Sole is a former drug dealer, leader of a notorious street gang, and a three-time convicted felon. The middle of three children, Jason was raised on the mean streets of Chicago by a father who was addicted to cocaine and an overburdened mother left to pick up the pieces. He joined a gang and turned to a life of crime to gain a lucrative position of authority and financially improve his life.
Sole has been incarcerated in numerous correctional facilities due to his criminal activity (i.e. possession of a firearm, first degree possession of controlled substance, second degree possession of controlled substance, terrorist threats, disorderly conduct, etc.).

Yet despite the height of the odds stacked against him, Sole earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in criminal justice. He has completed the research for his doctoral studies in public safety leadership with a specialization in criminal justice and currently seeking dissertation approval.

Jason has been an educator for nearly eight years, serving as an adjunct and fixed-term assistant professor at Metropolitan State University and Hamline University. He is a national keynote speaker and gang trainer, including serving as a trainer for One Circle Foundation. In addition, he is the president of the Minneapolis NAACP.

Through his firm, Jason Sole Consulting LLC, he provides juvenile and criminal justice agencies with the knowledge and resources they need to assist people affected by delinquency, incarceration, poverty, and other social ills. Sole was a 2013 Bush Fellow who focused on reducing the recidivism rate among juveniles throughout the state of Minnesota. He is currently traveling the country discussing his memoir, From Prison to Ph.D.: A Memoir of Hope, Resilience, and Second Chances.