Luis R. Soto earned his Ed.D. ABD and MPA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and his A.A. in Criminal Justice from Union County College. He worked for the New Jersey Department of Corrections for 25 years and held the highest custody rank of Major at Northern State Prison located in Newark, N.J. During his tenure with the NJDOC he has held many positions including Assistant School Director of the Correctional Staff Training Academy located in Sea Girt, N.J. Furthermore, he has been a Certified Instructor with the Police Training Commission since 2001.

In addition to his course teaching with the Program in Criminal Justice, Soto has taught criminal justice courses at Essex County College as a guest lecturer for the past 5 years. His interests in the field of Corrections deals mostly in the studies of recidivism rates and re-entry programs offered to released offenders.