Today’s guest is musician, songwriter, author and criminal justice reformer Jason Mendelson. Jason currently releases music under the artist name Jace Allen, with all proceeds of his musical career going to benefit various organizations in the criminal justice reform ecosystem. Jason has co-founded two different organizations that help people transition from prison to home with the goal of drastically reducing recidivism rates. Prior to this latest season of his life, Jason has had careers as a start up founder, venture capitalist, lawyer, and professor. We chat about the changes needed in the criminal justice system, how music builds confidence, and why the entrepreneurial mindset applies to much more than just business.
In this episode we'll dig in on...
Recognizing and taking advantage of "luck"
Life as an improve
The best model to increase successful returns to home for formerly incarcerated individuals
The United States is the most incarcerated country in the world
Being an underdog guy
Working in criminal justice reform since 2015
Flipping the hierarchy
The importance of resiliency
Leaning on the visible success of others to inspire change in people
Entrepreneurs vs Musicians
Training people in the prison system and how that transforms you
Being thankful for adversity and learning from your failures