Podcast | Episode 12 | Criminal Justice Reform Now



On today’s episode of Real Talk, I go in deep on the issue of criminal justice reform, the repeal of lurking & spitting ordinances, & city council prez, Barb Johnson’s opposition. My guests include Professor Jason Sole, author of “From Prison to PhD”, and Teresa Nelson, Legal Director of the ACLU of Minnesota.


Jason Sole, Professor / Author of “From Prison to PhD”

js-chairJason Sole is a former drug dealer, member 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 drugs 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.

As a result of his criminal activity, Sole has been incarcerated in numerous correctional facilities. Yet despite the height of the odds stacked against him, he turned his life around by earning both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in Criminal Justice. He is currently putting the finishing touches on his dissertation to complete his doctorate in Public Safety with a specialization in Criminal Justice.

Jason is an assistant professor at Metropolitan State University. He is a national keynote speaker and gang trainer, including serving as a national trainer for One Circle Foundation. Through his firm, Jason Sole Consulting LLC, he offers juvenile and criminal justice agencies the tools they need to influence people affected by delinquency, incarceration, poverty, and other social ills. In addition, he is a 2013 Bush Fellow who is focusing on reducing the recidivism rate among juveniles throughout the state of Minnesota.

Teresa Nelson, Legal Director of the ACLU, Minnesota

Unknown-2Terri was born in Minneapolis, but grew up in Wisconsin Rapids where she graduated from Lincoln High School. She received a BA in History from Winona State and her JD from Hamline University School of Law. Terri has been with the ACLU-MN since 1996, having previously served as Legal Assistant and Assistant Legal Counsel. She lives in St. Paul with her artist husband and their two dogs.