Transitional Programs Coordinator

Why Ashley does this work:

This work is where I am firmly planted, driven by my roots which have been impacted by the carceral system; I aim to plant new seeds that empower students to succeed and overcome. Even in turbulent winds, I remain unwavering in my dedication to disrupting systems and cycles of harm. Bryan Stevenson says, “Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.” I believe this and that we should not be solely defined by our past, but instead work together towards a future that collectively values inclusion, community, and transformation.


Ashley Massey joined THEI as the Transitional Programs Coordinator in May 2024. She has worked as an instructor in the University of North Alabama’s Restorative Justice program held at Limestone Correctional Facility. She has additionally taught a correspondence course to men on Alabama’s Death Row. Her academic research focuses on carceral representations in Southern literature. She is a published writer and has volunteered teaching creative writing in a Tennessee county jail. She is a graduate of the University of North Alabama (M.A. English: American Literature, B.A. English: Literature) and the former Critical Prison Studies graduate assistant. She is also a small business owner, farmer, and founder of a menstrual equity organization.