Who We Are

Partnering together to Ignite change 

Jennifer Dalton

     I’m Jennifer Dalton, I’m currently pursuing my Bachelors of Science in Legal Support and Services at Purdue University. I was raised with a belief that when you see an injustice it is your responsibility to take action. A quote I live by is “Be the Change You Want to See in the World” – Gandi.  It’s those beliefs that led me to becoming an activist and advocate. After high school, I got involved with politics, believing there I could make a difference. I’ve worked on various campaigns and projects. Seven years ago, I began to learn the true conditions surrounding our Justice system and prisons, it was then I began getting involved in Prison Reform advocacy.

Emily Barnes

     My name is Emily Barnes. I started advocating 15 years ago when I met a homeless man living on the streets who was released from prison with just the clothes on his back. He had nowhere to live, no ID, no money, nothing. I knew then that I needed to do something. Over time my son first got arrested at the age of 12 and I realized there was no help for parents. This now became personal to me to advocate. My son is currently in prison due to the juvenile system failing him and me. All it did was prepare him for prison at the age of 17 as an adult. I met the love of my life who at the time was incarcerated and is currently still incarcerated who was given an excessive sentencing. Having 2 loved ones inside makes me more determined to push for laws to be changed, for their human rights to be upheld and for all incarcerated to be treated like a human being. I will continue to fight for justice for all and be the voice for the voiceless.

Our mission

Ignite Justice’s mission is to foster community awareness and engagement to overcome the issues facing the justice system, incarcerated people, families, and the community, through education, support, and advocacy.

Our vision

  • End the School to Prison Pipeline
  • Lobby for meaningful legislation
  • Advocate for humane treatment and living treatment.
  • Create educational programs on topics affecting the criminal justice system.
  • Teach people how to effectively advocate.