Our collective includes both TN prisoners and free world accomplices. For their continued constructive safe presence inside Tennessee prisons, we will not mention collective members who are currently caged by name.
Rev. Jeannie Alexander | Co-Director
J.D. Cornell University
M.A. (Religious Studies) Georgia State University
Rev. Jeannie Alexander is the executive director of No Exceptions Prison Collective. She is also a co-founding resident of Harriet Tubman House, an interfaith community dedicated to restorative practices in earth stewardship and human rights. She served as the Head Chaplain at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution for three years until September 2014. Prior to that, she was the volunteer chaplain for two years. As chaplain, she facilitated the creation of an unprecedented number of programs for insiders, both in minimum security and on death row, and co-created interfaith communities in prison based on a model of liberation theology. She entered the prison as a death penalty abolitionist, and left the prison as a prison abolitionist. She has been a professor of Philosophy, Ethics, and Religion. She is a writer with essays published in several books, including And The Criminals With Him. She has blogged for Tokens and written for Bitter Southerner. She is interviewed, lectures, and preaches frequently on the topics of mass incarceration as slavery, alternatives to prison, and transformative justice. She holds a JD from Cornell Law and a Masters in Religious Studies. Her work as an abolitionist has resulted in multiple arrests in her ongoing praxis of learning to burn her privilege. She is also a lover of bees, bogs, and all things wild, and lives by the belief that nothing holy is tame.
Theeda Murphy | Co-Director
NOVA Certified Community Crisis Responder
General Practice Paralegal
Theeda Murphy is an activist, counselor, and dreamer. She was born in Chicago in the Sixties and her earliest memories are of rallies, marches, and community advocacy. She is a proud product of Oakwood University and Fisk University, both Historically Black Universities. Her experiences working as a crisis counselor in community mental health has given her a deep understanding of the mental health delivery system and the unsung heroes who are dedicated to helping the most vulnerable in our society. She is currently working as one of the Co-Directors for No Exceptions Prison Collective where she uses all of her knowledge and skills toward abolishing the carceral state and healing the harm it has caused.