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, terroristic 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 a criminal justice educator for eight years and will become a Visiting Professor at Hamline University in the Fall. He is a national keynote speaker and trainer. Alongside his career, he is the president of the Minneapolis NAACP and is creating liberation programs for people of color. In addition, 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.