Riverbend Maximum Security Institution
Warden Tony Mays
7475 Cockrill Bend Boulevard
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0471
*Use the zip code 37209-1048 for offender correspondence.
Riverbend Maximum Security Institution (RMSI) opened in 1989 and replaced its 100-year-old neighbor, the Tennessee State Penitentiary. Even today, it's billed as one of the state's most high-tech prisons. RMSI, which is made up of 20 different buildings with approximately 320,000 square feet of operating space, sits on 132 acres located off Cockrill Bend Boulevard. Riverbend's designated capacity is 748 offenders. Of that number, 480 are classified as high risk. This prison houses offenders from minimum to maximum security level.
Riverbend houses all of the state's male death row offenders. The overall mission of the prison is to house and manage high-risk male offenders to ensure the safety of the public, departmental employees, and offenders while providing rehabilitative programs.
Education programs at the prison include GED and Adult Basic Education. There are also vocational classes available for printing, commercial cleaning, residential construction, cabinet making/millwork and computer information systems. In 2019, the prison began a braille transcription program. Watch this video to learn more about the program partnership between TRICOR and the Tennessee School for the Blind. Offenders not involved in academic vocation are required to work in support service roles throughout the prison.