Riverbend Maximum Security Institution

Warden Kenneth Nelsen

7475 Cockrill Bend Boulevard

Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0471

(Davidson County)

(615) 350-3100

*Use the zip code 37209-1048 for offender correspondence.

Photo of RMSI Administrative Building

Riverbend Maximum Security Institution (RMSI), located in Nashville, has an operating capacity of 786 inmates and houses male offenders with custody levels ranging from minimum to maximum security.  Riverbend also houses all of Tennessee’s male death row offenders.

RMSI is composed of 20 different buildings with approximately 320,000 square feet of operating space and sits on 132 acres.  The facility opened in 1989 to replace its 100-year-old neighbor, the Tennessee State Penitentiary, and is billed as one of the most high-tech prisons in the state.

Riverbend offers its population a variety of evidence-based programs to meet the rehabilitative needs of offenders.  Offenders have access to Adult Basic Education, and vocational programming including career management for success and Core Carpentry I & II.  RMSI also addresses the behavioral health needs of inmates by offering programs such as psychotherapy, mental health support, substance use group therapy, and cognitive behavior intervention program.

Through community partnerships, RMSI offers:

Offenders not involved in academic or vocational programs are required to work in support service roles throughout the prison including landscaping, janitorial services, or food services.

Watch the video below to learn more about the Braille Transcription Program at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution.