“Eliminating generational incarceration through education, by restoring value, hope, and purpose to our incarcerated population."


NSA’s national initiative to help jails replicate a program of the Genesee County (MI) Sheriff’s Office, that offers comprehensive education, job certification, and post-incarceration work opportunities and assistance to incarcerated individuals. The program, started by Sheriff Christopher R. Swanson, is called IGNITE®, which is an acronym for Inmate Growth Naturally and Intentionally Through Education. 


Becoming an IGNITE® site through the National Sheriffs' Association is a straightforward and rewarding process. If you're interested in joining our network of jails committed to safety, reduced recidivism, and culture change, simply email mbeal@sheriffs.org.


NSA IGNITE® staff will guide you through the steps, providing all the necessary information and support to help your agency become an IGNITE® site. The process involves a comprehensive assessment of your agency's needs, resources, and goals, followed by tailored recommendations and a roadmap for implementation. We're here to assist you every step of the way as we work together to enhance the capabilities of your sheriff's office and make a lasting impact in your community. Join us on this exciting journey towards excellence and innovation in law enforcement. 

IGNITE® Newsletter

If you're interested in starting an IGNITE® program in your jail, contact:

Meghan Beal
Project Manager
703.836.7827 ext. 359