TN DOC - Riverbend Maximum Security Institution (RMSI)

State Prison

Last Updated: June 13, 2019
7475 Cockrill Bend Blvd, Nashville, TN 37209-1048
Security Level
State - maximum
Facility Type
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TN DOC - Riverbend Maximum Security Institution (RMSI) basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 615-350-3100

This facility is for adult inmates.

The inmates housed at TN DOC - Riverbend Maximum Security Institution (RMSI) located at 7475 Cockrill Bend Blvd in Nashville, TN are placed according to their custody level (determined by a number of factors including the past criminal history and the length of their sentence). There are ample educational and vocational training programs for all inmates, especially ones that show a willingness to learn new things that will prepare them for a better life when they are released. The mission is to promote and prepare the offender to leave in better shape than when they arrived, giving them the best chance to never come back and thus lower the state's recidivism rate.

TN DOC - Riverbend Maximum Security Institution (RMSI) - Visitation

TN DOC - Riverbend Maximum Security Institution (RMSI) - FAQ
Telephone credits can be purchased in "whole" dollar amounts only. The minimum telephone credit purchase amount is $5.00.
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. 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. Offenders not involved in academic vocation are required to work in support service roles throughout the prison.

Riverbend Maximum Security Institution is located in Nashville Tennessee. It is a maximum security prison that houses up to 819 adult male inmates. The majority of inmates at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution are high risk dangerous offenders, and have committed violent crimes. This facility is comprised of twenty buildings and ishome to all of the male death row inmates in the state. Riverbend also carries out capital punishment executions and houses the lethal injection chamber and electric chair. Riverbend Maximum Security Institution provides vocational training in commercial cleaning, maintenance, woodworking, computer technologies, and printing. This institution also participates in TRICOR prison industries and employs offenders in a print shop and data entry operation. Inmates who do not take part in educational/vocational programs are required to work institutional jobs including custodial work, laundry, and kitchen duty.

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Inmate Locator

TN DOC - Riverbend Maximum Security Institution (RMSI) is a facility in the Tennessee Department of Corrections. The DOC publishes the names of their current inmates and identifies which of their locations the inmate is being held. Your search should start with the first DOC locator to see if your loved one is there. Begin with the first three letters of the offender's first and last name, it does not have to be spelled exactly.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason, they charge to access it.

Visitation Information

Contact Days/Hours:
Monday and Friday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Prospective visitors shall complete and return a visitation application with a current photograph to the institution via mail to:

Associate Warden of Security Riverbend Maximum Security Institution
7475 Cockrill Bend Boulevard Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0471
Applications shall be approved or denied within thirty (30) days of receipt. Visitation staff will notify the offender of the decision. It is the inmate’s responsibility to notify their prospective visitor of the decision regarding their visitation application.

The Warden/designee at his or her discretion shall approve or deny applications based on the following criteria:

A. All immediate family members who apply and (8) additional adults which includes applicants 16 years of age and older, may be approved to visit an inmate upon receipt of CR-2152, Visitation Application. Immediate family is defined as mother, father, husband, wife, children, grandchildren, brother, sister, grandmother, grandfather, half-siblings, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, mother-in-law, and father-in-law. Stepparents may also be considered within this definition. Stepchildren may also be considered immediate family if the offender and his/her spouse where married prior to the current incarceration and the spouse’s children were minors who resided in the home, shared by the inmate and spouse, on a regular basis at the time of incarceration.
B. All visitors regardless of age; are required to have a completed, and approved application on file. Children age 6 and older shall have a photograph (not a photocopy) attached to their visitation application. These photographs will be updated at ages 10, 14, and 18. Updated photographs may be requested more frequently if significant changes occur in the child’s appearance. Children under 18 years of age may visit provided they are accompanied by their parent legal guardian, or guardian who is also on the inmate’s approved visiting list.
C. Persons determined by the Warden/designee, who could have a harmful influence on the inmate and/or may constitute a threat to the security of the institution, shall not be approved for visitation.
D. The following will apply for persons with past criminal felony convictions:
1. Immediate family members with active felony conviction records may submit a visitation application for approval six (6) months following release from incarceration or placement on probation/community corrections or parole supervision (written consent of supervising personnel is required).
2. The Warden may disapprove visitation applications of immediate family members with felony convictions if it is believed that the security of the institution or safety of individuals could be jeopardized.
E. The following applies to former employees:
1. Current or former employees of TDOC, TRICOR, contract agencies (in Tennessee), interns, and practicum students shall not be approved unless they are immediate family members of the inmate.
2. Former TDOC employees, on visitation lists as of October 1, 1998, shall be allowed to remain on the list.
a) If the person’s separation from TDOC was due to a violation of state law, e.g., trafficking in contraband whether or not prosecution occurred, visitation requests will not be considered, even if the employee has become an immediate family member.
b) If the person’s separation from TDOC was the result of a violation of TDOC Policy #305.03 “Employee/Offender Interaction”, visitation will not be considered, even if that individual has become an immediate family member.
c) If the person’s separation from TDOC was voluntary and not due to the events described in (a) and (b), the individual may submit an application for consideration after 48 months from the date of TDOC separation.
d) If a person’s separation from TDOC was completely voluntary with no policy violation and the person is currently married to the inmate, visitation requests shall also not be considered for a period of 12 months from the date of the marriage to the inmate, or for a period of 48 months from the date of TDOC separation. If the former employee worked at the facility where visitation would occur, visitation will not be allowed.
3. All sections of the CR-2152, visitation application shall be completed. If any falsification occurs, the applicant shall not be allowed to resubmit the form for a minimum of six (6) months.
4. Person’s participating, or those who have participated as a volunteer, may be considered for visitation approval following a period of twenty-four (24) months from the conclusion of the volunteer work.
5. Visitors may not be placed on more than one (1) inmate’s visitation list unless the inmates are immediate family members of the visitor and the relationship can be determined.
6. The Warden shall impose a waiting period of (1) year to review the application of visitors who have been removed from an offender’s approved visitation list either by personal or inmate request before placing them on the list of another offender.
7. All visitation applications are subject to NCIC background checks.
An offender with a current or previous conviction for a crime involving a sexual offense against a minor is restricted from having contact visits with children under the age of eighteen (18) except under the guidelines set forth in a duly signed and witnessed CR-3819, Contact Visitation with Minors Agreement. Inmates who refuse to sign the document shall be restricted to non-contact visitation.
Any observed or reported contact of a sexual nature, with a child and inmate shall be immediately reported by the Warden/designee, to the local Department of Children’s Services, and Child Protective Services Division.
A victim of an inmate convicted of a sex offense, will not be permitted to visit the inmate unless specifically approved by the Warden, and then only non-contact visits shall be allowed.
The Warden/designee may approve special visits for persons on or not on the inmate’s approved list. Special visits are only to be requested during that particular units scheduled visitation period where the inmate is requesting the visit. All special visits requests are to be submitted to the Associate Warden of Security at least seven (7) days prior to the requested visit.
Attorneys may be granted visitation privileges upon request as approved by the Warden/designee and are exempt from the seven (7) day notification requirement. All requests for special visitations shall go through the Unit Manager of that particular unit.
Types of special visits which may be approved are as follows:
A. Visitors who have traveled a great distance (200 miles or more) and/or do not visit on a regular basis
B. Children as part of a special program to promote family bonding
C. Attorneys and their representatives such as; investigators, paralegals and law students
D. Prospective employers, sponsors or parole advisors
E. Physicians, psychiatrist, or other health professionals
F. Persons significant to the inmate for purposes of crisis intervention
G. Official visitors
H. Immediate family members who are under visitation suspension when the inmate is terminally/critically ill
This program functions as a separate entity from the regular visitation program.
A. Although locally coordinated and monitored by the institutional volunteer coordinator and more globally by the Director of Volunteer Services in Central Office, the Warden maintains control and responsibility for this program.
B. Recruitment, orientation and assignment of volunteers are handled by the volunteer coordinator.
C. The volunteer coordinator, following orientation and assignment, shall submit the names of volunteers who are to visit with the respective organization to the Associate Warden of Security.
D. Persons participating in volunteer visitation shall not be placed on an inmate’s visitation list.
A. Visitors are encouraged to dress casually and in comfortable attire that is not provocative or offensive to others. In accordance with TDOC policy 507.01, the following guidelines will apply.
1. Clothing shall fit in an appropriate manner. Clothing that appears to be too large or too small for the wearer creates obvious gaps, exposure or would present a hazard to the wearer shall be rejected.
2. Visitors must wear undergarments. For female visitors, undergarments include bras and panties. No articles of clothing can contain any metal/underwire; these items will not pass the metal detector. A slip is required under dresses or skirts, unless the garment is made of a dense, non-transparent fabric, (samples of inappropriate undergarments are thongs, an underwire bra and water bras to name a few).
3. Appropriate footwear that provides basic foot protection shall be required. Open toe shoes or sandals are permitted; however, all shoes must have some sort of backing on them. Steel-toed shoes, shower shoes and flip flops are not to be worn.
4. Shorts or skirts are permitted provided the leg is covered within three (3) inches above the knee in a standing position, with the garment worn in the position in which it is intended to be worn.
5. Dresses or skirts- with slit – the slit must not exceed three (3) inches above the knee. No dress, skirt, shorts, etc. should have any slits in the front enclosure or seam of the garment.
B. The following types of clothing are specifically prohibited. Jackets or other “coverings” will not be permitted in order to cover any of the listed items below or any other infractions.
1. Spandex or spandex type garments.
2. Any clothing that is transparent or translucent in nature.
3. Sleeveless shirts or strapless dresses, or any clothing that exposes a bare chest, upper arms or midriff.
4. Backless/wraparound dresses, skirts, blouses, Jackets or other “covering” will not be permitted in order to cover these above areas.
5. Any camouflage type attire (even just a small amount, or as an accent color).
6. Clothing with logos that contain pictures, slogans, vulgarity, tobacco/alcohol references or those that contain signs or symbols of any security threat groups (STG), or any clothing determined by the processing officer to be associated with any STG. The association may be made by color combinations, designs or logos affixed to the clothing, or even the manner in which it is worn.
7. Cut off pants/shorts of any kind. No fraying is allowed.
8. Any garment which has rips in them, manufactured that way or personalized, for example; holes in the knees or buttocks of pants, t-shirt with the neckline cut out.
9. Bandannas of any kind.
C. Prosthesis, artificial limbs (plastic or other substances), cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators shall be allowed, but a doctor’s note may be required in order to show proof of the medical issue.
D. During the winter months, visitors will be allowed to dress according to the weather; however, an excessive amount of clothing will not be tolerated. For example – a person would be allowed to wear an undershirt, a long-sleeved shirt and then a sweater – but more than one sweatshirt or more than one pair of pants is unacceptable.
Visitors are not allowed to bring any item in his/her hands, pockets, person or clothing into the Institution except the following:
A. Debitek cards are not to be taken to units 1 and 3, food items are not permitted in these units.
B. The following baby items needed for the care of the child:
1. Standard sized baby blanket
2. Three (3) diapers per baby
3. Three (3) plastic baby bottles per baby with milk/juice
4. Two (2) unopened/sealed plastic baby food containers per child with a plastic spoon
5. Five (5) sealed, individual packaged alcohol-free baby wipes
C. Valid Identification (ID): Any original method of identification with photograph issued by a local, state or federal agency by which to identify a particular individual.
D. Keys
1. Vehicle key only – Sensor-type key(s) shall be permitted only when the sensor is an attached part of the key.
A. All persons and vehicles entering the prison grounds are subject to search at any time. Drug K-9s may be used during the vehicle searches. Drugs and alcohol are prohibited, violators will be prosecuted.
B. Visitors shall not enter any area of the institution, except approved visitation areas and approved routes to and from those areas.
C. All visitors shall be frisk searched routinely as approved by policy. Strip searches and visual body cavity searches shall be authorized by the Warden.
D. SOTER-RS Body Scanner may be used for detection of contraband on ALL staff and visitors with the exception of the following groups:
1. Woman who are or think they may be pregnant
2. Persons with a pacemaker
3. Persons under 16 years of age
E. Any visitor that refuses to submit to any type of search shall be denied entrance and ordered to leave state property.
1. The Warden could, thereafter, consider suspending visitation privileges
2. A written Memorandum detailing the visitor’s refusal shall be prepared by the staff member involved and forwarded to the Warden and Associate Warden of Security.
F. Prior to each visit, the Correctional Officer at Checkpoint shall ensure that the visitor is registered as a guest, has signed his or her name and documented the name of the inmate they are visiting. Each visitor must provide bona fide identification on each and every visit.
G. All visitors shall have the tops of their left hands stamped with the invisible ink upon entrance through checkpoint/institution and shall have their hands verified prior to exiting the institutional grounds.
H. All frisk or body searches shall be conducted by employees of the same gender as the visitor. All visitors must pass through the walk through metal detector and the Cellsense tower unless they can present documentation from a physician that specifies a particular illness, presence of a prosthetic device or any other issue that would negate the detectors findings. Such documentation shall be placed in the inmates visitation file. Each visitor will be given three (3) attempts to clear the detectors before they will be denied entrance into the facility.
I. All searches of persons under the age of 18 must be done in the presence of the parent or guardian.
J. If any contraband items such as money, tobacco, tobacco products, gum, candy or toys are found in the visitor’s possession after they pass through the metal detector, they will be denied entry and a report will be sent to the Warden documenting the incident.
A. Visitation areas are provided for the inmates and their guests in such a way that there is reasonable ease and informality of communication in a natural environment, as free from security restraints as is safely possible. The areas shall allow for publicly accepted physical contact during the visitation such as holding hands, an arm across the shoulder with hands clearly visible. Upon entering or exiting the visitation area the inmate and their guest(s) are permitted to briefly embrace and kiss. For this purpose, briefly is defined as twenty (20) seconds or less. At no other instance shall this type of displays of affection be allowed.
B. Vending machines may be furnished in the main visitation gallery. Inmates are not allowed to take food items back to the units with them. No money is permitted in the visitation area, Debitek cards are the only approved means available in order to purchase items from the machines.
C. Debitek cards can be purchased at the checkpoint area and cost $5.00 each – with a credit of $3.00. After the initial purchase you can reload up to $55.00 at one time. Inmates are not allowed to have possession of the Debitek card at all during the visit.
D. Inmates and visitors will remain seated during contact visits, chairs will remain as positioned and the only allowed movement is to or from the vending machines or the restrooms.
E. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an approved visitor who is the child’s parent, legal guardian or guardian.
F. Any children, under the age of eighteen (18) must be escorted to the restrooms.
G. Children may not be left alone/unattended in the RMSI parking lot/building or other institutional areas.
H. The main visitation gallery and the contact visitation areas of Units 2 and 4 have toys available for the children. The toys must be returned to the designated area after the children are finished playing with them.
I. During an institutional emergency, visitation may be cancelled as deemed appropriate by the Warden.
J. Visitors found with contraband, which is a violation of the law, are subject to be detained until local law enforcement officers arrive. The violators visiting privileges are subject to suspension at the discretion of the Warden.
K. Any individual who is or appears to be under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be denied visitation.
L. Inappropriate or socially unacceptable physical contact and/or behavior will not be tolerated between inmates and visitors.
M. There are separate bathrooms for inmates and visitors. Please use the correct one.
N. Passing any items from visitor to inmate or vice versa is not allowed at any time, this may include but not limited to pictures, correspondence or articles of clothing.
O. No visitor shall be admitted through pedestrian checkpoint during the last thirty (30) minutes of a visiting period, regardless of where the visit is to occur.
P. ALL visitors/inmates must be cleared out of the visitation area by 3:30 p.m. on Saturday/Sunday and 8:00 p.m. on Mondays. No exceptions.
Visitors are expected to conduct themselves in such a manner that their behavior is not offensive to other visitors, inmates or employees. Visits may be terminated or denied for the following reasons:
A. Provocative comments
B. Profanity
C. Cursing or threatening other individuals whether inmate, staff or visitor, etc.
D. Pushing or attempting to strike another person
E. Harassment of other persons such as inmates, staff or other visitors
F. Attempting to bring in items which are not permitted or leaving items which are not permitted
G. Excessive kissing, petting or fondling
H. Failure to control children
I. Displaying of security threat group (STG – gang related)
1. The visitor refuses to show or cannot provide proper/approved identification
2. The visitor refuses to comply with a search
3. The visitor is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, or shows disruptive behavior
4. The visitor violates the visitation rules and regulations
5. The visitor is caught with contraband
6. Inappropriately dressed
7. The visitor displays security threat group STG (Gang related) symbols or affiliations
8. The visitor arrives for visitation at an unscheduled time regarding the inmates visitation hours
9. There is insufficient space for further visiting
10. The visitor is unable to successfully pass the metal detector or cellsense tower by their third try. Only three (3) attempts are allowed per person per visit.
1. The visitor violates visitation conduct rules
2. The visitor fails to control children
3. The visitor and inmate engage in publicly unacceptable physical contact and/or behavior

Other than being a part of the institutional disciplinary procedures, only the Warden can suspend visitation privileges. In addition to suspending the visitor involved in the incident, the Warden may have cause to suspend all visitors from an inmate’s list; it is believed to be a risk to the safety and security of the institution or any persons. When such an action, if taken, the Warden shall provide written justification for the record and provides notice to any and all individuals suspended. Such notice may be limited in information in order to protect the Institution/persons. Total suspension will be reviewed in six (6) months to determine who may be removed from the suspension list, and reinstated. Visiting privileges may be suspended in accordance within the timeframes listed below for any reason for up to 12 months; including, but not limited to, the following reasons.
1. Visitor(s) and/or inmate have become intoxicated during the visit - 12-months and up to termination
2. Visitor repeatedly violates visitation rules – 6 months
3. Visitor(s) exhibit(s) behaviors and actions, which in the Warden’s opinion, could jeopardize the security of the Institution – 12 months
4. Inappropriate sexual contact – 12 months
The following violations lead to suspensions of twelve (12) months or more and up to termination:
1. Attempting to introduce controlled substances or firearms into the institution, including concealment of weapons or controlled substances, this includes any mitigating circumstances - such as any traces of a controlled substance found in a vehicle in such a way, not appearing to be concealed, may warrant a lesser visitation suspension penalty.
2. A visitor who is arrested shall be suspended pending disposition of the case which may include any conviction, disposition, incarceration, parole or probation. Reinstatement of privileges will require the submission of a new application.
D. When a visit is denied or terminated, a detailed report will be prepared by the officer involved in or who witnessed the action. The report then is forwarded to the Warden.

E. In all cases when inmates test positive for and/or are in possession of illegal drugs, or refuse to comply with a request for a drug screen, the Warden shall modify the inmate’s visits. With the exception of ministers and attorneys, according to the following:
1. 1st Offense – Suspension of visits for six (6) months
2. Subsequent Offenses – Visits shall be suspended for additional six (6) month periods.
3. Exceptions – Following a period of restriction of 12 months or more – inmates who continue to violate rules regarding substance abuse and risk lengthy visitation restrictions shall be given consideration by the Warden for limited and restricted visits by one (1) or two (2) members of the IMMEDIATE family (or a significant friend in absence of immediate family member) who might be instrumental in convincing the inmate to seek help and to comply with the substance abuse regulations.
4. The penalty may also be considered for reduction if the inmate successfully completes the substance abuse program.
A. Visitors are not allowed to deliver packages, cards, letters, printed materials, etc. – all of these items will have to be mailed to the inmate.
B. Visitors may pick up inmate property that is being sent out such as stereos, TV’s, arts and crafts, etc. on weekdays between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm – excluding holidays.


General Population Units 5&6
Saturday and Sunday 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Monday Evening (Those that did not visit Saturday or Sunday) 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
State Legal Holidays (Determined by the Associate Warden of Security)
Administrative Segregation/Protective Custody/Safekeepers/ Close Custody Units 1, 3, & 4
Saturday (Week 1)
A pod* 8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
B pod* 12:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Sunday (Week 1)
C pod* 8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
D pod* 12:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Monday Evening (Those that did not visit Saturday or Sunday) 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Saturday (Week 2)
D pod* 8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
C pod* 12:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Sunday (Week 2)
B pod* 8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
A pod* 12:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Monday Evening (Those that did not visit Saturday or Sunday) 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
State Legal Holidays (Determined by the Associate Warden of Security)
*Pods alternate every other week
Death Row Unit 2
Saturday (A pod and Lower Walk B pod)* 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Sunday (D pod and Upper Walk B pod)* 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Monday Evening (Those that did not visit Saturday or Sunday) 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
State Legal Holidays (Determined by the Associate Warden of Security)
*Pods alternate every other week

Due to lack of space in visitation galleries it may be necessary to limit the duration of visits.

A. Segregation Units
Visits in the segregation units 1 and 3 are NON-CONTACT and for a period of not more than two (2) hours. Inmates on Administrative Segregation are allowed visits once every two weeks with up to (2) immediate family members. All Administrative Segregation visits are by appointment only and must be approved by the Unit Manager. Inmates on Punitive Segregation are not allowed visits.
B. Infirmary Inmates
Inmates housed in Institutional Infirmary may visit at the above designated time according to their respective custody level with the approval of the Associate Warden of Security, Medical/Mental Health personnel.
C. Transient Inmates
Inmates, who are in transient status, shall NOT be allowed any visitation for two (2) weeks (Attorneys and clergy are exempt). The Warden may allow special visits at the end of the two (2) weeks but only for immediate family members.
D. Outside Hospital
Inmates that are patients in an outside hospital shall not be allowed visits unless the hospital and the Warden/designee approves the visit when the hospitalization exceeds two (2) weeks with a continuous duration or the inmate is in critical condition. The following rules shall apply to those visits:
*If more restrictive, hospital rules are paramount.
1. Hospital visiting rules and regulations as well at TDOC and RMSI rules and regulations are to be followed. In accordance with hospital policy, children may be allowed to visit – if accompanied by an adult that has been approved by the facility.
2. Visitation shall be restricted to two (2) visits per week, unless the inmate is critical, and a maximum of thirty (30) minutes per day, per approved visitor, during established visitation hours, unless restricted by the attending physician.
3. No gifts, food or packages shall be given to any inmate patients.
4. Visits shall be subject to termination and/or suspension under the same criteria as the institutions visitation rules and regulations.
5. The officer(s) in charge shall maintain a log of names or each visitor, time of arrival and time of departure. That log shall become part of the inmates visitation file.

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Facility Type

The Tennessee Department of Corrections is responsible for the operation of TN DOC - Riverbend Maximum Security Institution (RMSI) where they supervise adults convicted of a state crime and then sentenced to a commitment period by the County or Circuit Judge. The penalty phase of the commitment is the length of the sentence imposed and what type of facility they will spend their time in. Once the inmate is taken into custody there is an orientation period where the offender is evaluated medically and psychologically. The results of their findings will have everything to do with the level of custody the prisoner will be incarcerated.

State prison is also referred to as a correctional facility, penitentiary or detention center and is a facility in which inmates are forcibly confined and denied a variety of freedoms under the authority of the state. Convicted criminals are sent to prison as punishment and must follow very strict rules of conduct and order or they are held to additional punishment like loss of privileges or isolation. The address is 7475 Cockrill Bend Blvd, Nashville, TN located in Davidson County.

There is a fundamental difference between jail and prison. It has everything to do with the length of stay for inmates; jail is short-term and prison is long-term. Jail is most commonly used within a criminal justice system for people charged with crimes who must be imprisoned until their trial, or those pleading or being found guilty of crimes at trial may be sentenced to a specified short period of imprisonment. Jails are usually run by local law enforcement county sheriff and/or local government police agencies.

Because prisons are designed for long-term incarceration, they are better developed for the living needs of their populations. State prison offers the inmate a more regular, routine life, the wider range of programs, better facilities and generally better food. The DOC has a bevy of disciplines for which an offender may be classified, they are Reception Centers, High Security (Males), General Population (Males), and Female Offenders.

State prison is very much like a town inside a town. There is a mayor (the warden - call 615-350-3100 for information), a store (the commissary), housing (cells), medical care (infirmary), library (law, education and lending), civic organizations (clubs), worship (chapel), a park (the recreation yard), a cafeteria (chow hall), police (correctional staff), a jail (disciplinary segregation unit, the SHU, the hole), laws (administrative rules), judges (hearings officers), and the inmates all have a job that keeps the institution operational.

There is no privacy in prison - inmates dress, shower, and use the bathroom in the company of other inmates.  Inmates are required to make their bunks and keep their personal possessions neat; All inmates wear identical clothing and must carry their identification card with them at all times.; Most possessions allowed must be purchased from the canteen; Meal times are assigned and inmates have a short time to eat and depart the chow hall, there are no seconds; Inmates are subject to searches of their person and/or cell at any time; All movements of inmates from one area to another are tightly choreographed, monitored and supervised to avaid any incidents between location changes.

Custody/Security Level

State maximum facilities are high-security institutions designed primarily to house violent offenders with longer sentences, and a history of violence and creating problems for the staff. High-security facilities are also referred to as penitentiaries. These prisons are usually behind heavy-duty perimeters, including high, thick walls and reinforced fences. There are cameras situated throughout the buildings for close monitoring of inmate actions. Inmates secured in high-security facilities are not allowed to work out in the field in any community programs.

Housing consists of single and double cells with very limited movement. The cells are self-contained built for 23 hours per day detainment, one-hour for recreation and fresh air. All perimeters are triple-fenced with extensive electronic surveillance. They have no opportunity to socialize with other inmates. They are considered to be the most dangerous of all the incarcerated population.

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How To Send Things

There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a State - maximum facility. This includes sending money for commissary packages, sending mail like letters with photos, magazine subscriptions, buying phone time, postcards and greeting cards, and even distance learning courses (get your degree, you've got a lot of extra time). You also need to know about visitation, what are the hours and rules.

All of the information you could ever need to know is below, patiently scroll the page and get as much information about TN DOC - Riverbend Maximum Security Institution (RMSI) that you'd ever want to know. If there is anything that you were looking for, but don't see, please email us at

How To Send Money:

How to Send an Inmate Money in Tennessee

These are general guidelines for sending money to an inmate's commissary account. Inmates need money to access several privileges like weekly shopping at the commissary, making phone calls, using the email service where offered, using the electronic tablets where offered and paying their co-pay when needing the medical or dental services.

What is a Commissary?

A commissary is a store within the correctional institution. Commissary day is usually held once a week and can only be enjoyed if the inmate has funds in their commissary account. An inmate's commissary account is like a bank account within the prison. If the inmate has a job, their paycheck is deposited into this account, too.

The Commissary sells various products that the inmates may purchase if they have money on their books. The commissary sells clothing, shoes, snacks and food, as well as hygienic products like soap, shampoo, and shavers. The commissary might also sell entertainment-related products like books, magazines, televisions, radios, playing cards, headphones, MP3 players, electronic tablets like an iPad (no internet access), songs and educational programming.

How you send money to an inmate?

Sending money to an inmate varies from state to state, depending if it is county, state or federal, their ways of accepting money for inmates’ changes by the money transfer company they’ve contracted with.

Federal Prisons and some state-level prisons have centralized banking systems which means that you do not need to know where they are specifically, just that they are in the state systems of for instance the California, Texas, Florida DOC or the FBOP to name a few.

Some facilities will allow you to deposit cash through the lobby window stand-alone kiosk in the lobby or visitation room. Most facilities will also accept a postal money order mailed to the institution’s inmate mailing address made payable to the full inmate’s name.

Electronic banking allows friends and family members to send the funds online, and correctional departments are starting to favor this method because it is less work for staff and more accurate/easier to keep track of, as well as being more convenient.

Regardless of the method of sending funds, there are several key things you will need to know:
• Inmate’s full committed name
• Inmate’s ID number
• Inmate’s location – or a system like the federal BOP

Before sending any funds you should find out what online transfer companies the institution your inmate is incarcerated in uses. You can find this information on our site by navigating to the facilities page click on the Money Transfer button under the address and phone number. Pay close attention to the rules of the facility. Sometimes they will require money senders are on the inmate's visitation list. Some correctional facilities have a deposit limit, like $200-300 at a time, but in federal, there is no limit.

Some of the money transfer firms are MoneyGram, JPay, OffenderConnect, Access Corrections, JailATM, CommissaryDeposit

Who else can access the money you send?

An inmate with fines or restitution will be subject to commissary/trust account garnishment. If the inmate has these financial obligations, they will be extracted from the inmate’s bank account. It may be a percentage or the entire amount depending on the situation. We recommend inmates who are going into their bid contact the counselor and make an arrangement beforehand. If you go in knowing they are taking 20-25% of all deposits is better than have them take it all and you find out in the commissary line when the account is zero.

Why is my inmate asking for more than I normally send?

This is generally a signal that the inmate is doing something they shouldn’t and need money to get them out of or through a situation. It could be gambling, it could be extortion it could be other things you don’t need to know on this forum (for now). Set boundaries with your inmate. Tell them that “this is the amount I can send each month” and that is it. There are no extras beyond the boundary. Also, NEVER send money to the account of another inmate on your inmate’s instruction. This is a sign that something is not right. If the corrections people discover this, and they do more times than not, it will result in some severe disciplinary action to the inmate, and certainly the loss of all privileges.

Who can I call if I suspect something?

We recommend speaking with the counselor or case manager of the facility and use a generic reference in the event that your suspicions are wrong. You needn’t put them in a more difficult position if they are.

How do I send money using MoneyGram?

Inmate Care Packages:

How to Buy Inmate Commissary Care Packages Online

Show your loved one how much you care – order a package today! The facilities usually have a weekly limit of about $100 per inmate, plus processing and tax. The orders do NOT count towards the inmates weekly commissary allowances Deposits can be made online for inmates 24/7 using a credit/debit card

There are also a few services that allow you how to order inmate commissary online. These trusted providers are approved and share revenue with the prisons from the sales to the inmates.

Here is a list of other similar programs prison commissary: Keefe Group, Access Securpak, iCareGifts, Union Supply Direct, Walkenhorst's, CareACell

Inmate Commissary:

What is Inmate Commissary?

Prison commissary (also sometimes referred to as inmate canteen) is a store for inmates housed within a correctional facility. While the very most basics may be provided for by a given correctional department, there are also other important goods/services that Florida prisoners and inmates must buy. For instance, supplies such as supplementary food, female hygiene products, books, writing utensils and a plethora of other things are examples of things that can be purchased as part of an inmate commissary packages for goods.

What is an Inmate trust account?

When you add money to an inmate account, the prison funds are stored on an inmate trust fund. This prison account basically acts as a personal bank account of an inmate. They will use this account to make Inmate Calls, pay for postage to Send Photos from Inmates, send emails from inmates, purchase Items from Commissary, receive wages from jobs, and more.

How To Send Mail:

This is how to send your inmate at TN DOC - Riverbend Maximum Security Institution (RMSI) letters, photos, postcards, greeting cards and magazines

Incoming and outgoing inmate mail is subject to inspection for the presence of contraband that might threaten the safety, security or well-being of the jail/facility, its staff, and residents. Inmates may receive only metered, unstamped, plain white postcards no larger than 4" x 6" as mail. Writing must be in pencil or blue or black ink. Any other mail will be returned to the sender. If no return address is available, unauthorized mail will be stored in the inmate's locker until the inmate's release.

Inmate mail cannot contain any of the following: Create an immediate threat to jail order by describing the manufacture of weapons, bombs, incendiary devices, or tools for escape that realistically are a danger to jail security; Advocate violence, racial supremacy or ethnic purity; No current inmate-to-inmate mail will be allowed and will be destroyed.

The easiest workaround is to look over the mailing services of InmateAid. We have an automated system for sending your loved one that special message or picture. We send thousands of pieces of mail per month with NO issues with the prisons or jails. The envelopes display the InmateAid logo, the mail room knows for certain that the contents will not be compromising. This trust was established in 2012.

How To Send Greeting Cards and Postcards:

Greeting cards are great for the holidays and birthdays. The ones from the store often have more than just the message because the policies surrounding appropriate content (no nudity or sexually suggestive material no matter how funny), and they cannot have glitter, stickers or anything else that makes the card different from a normal plain old card. Instead of going to the Hallmark store in the mall and looking around for hours - go to our easy to search Greeting Cards service.

It takes literally 45 seconds and it's very affordable for what you're getting (and what they are getting, too!). Select from 100s of birthday, anniversary and every holiday you can think of, and VERY easy to send from your phone on InmateAid:

Don't forget Christmas, Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, Father's Day, New Year's, Ramadan, Hanukkah, Passover, Easter, Kwanzaa or Valentine's Day!

In less than a minute and only $0.99, this act of kindness will be worth a million to your inmate. If you have a picture or two and don't want to write a long letter. Type out a little love in the message box and send your latest selfie... only 99 cents!

Don't wait until the moment has passed, it's easy and convenient to let them know you're thinking of them at every moment.

How To Send magazines and Books:

Send magazines to TN DOC - Riverbend Maximum Security Institution (RMSI) at 7475 Cockrill Bend Blvd, Nashville, TN

Send the best magazines and books to your Inmate in jail or prison, it's the gift that keeps on giving all year round, There is nothing more exciting to an inmate (besides their release date) than getting their favorite magazine every month at mail call.

Magazines and books must come directly from the publisher. You are not allowed to send single magazines in an envelope. They need to come directly from the publisher with your inmate's name affixed to the address label. Magazine subscriptions are easy to set up, it takes literally 2 minutes.

You know when you go into the grocery and browse the new magazines on display? You see hundreds. Inside they place a little card that if you fill it out and send it in with your inmate's name, ID number and facility address - you drop it in the mail and in 8-12 weeks your inmate gets an issue every month for a whole year. Thankfully, there is an easier way, just CLICK here and browse yourself. Select a title or two and add your inmate's name to the order. It's fast, it's reliable and it's at a discounted rate for your convenience.

How To Save Money on Inmate Calls

The prison phone companies have a monopoly at the facility they have a contract with. Profits are shared so there is no incentive for their representatives to show you how to save money. They post their rates and in almost every case, there are at least two pricing tiers. Depending on where you are and where your inmate is, the type of phone number you use will make all the difference.

In federal prison, the answer is simply that a new local number will change your inmate's call rate from $.21 per minute to only $.06 per minute. Fed gives you only 300 minutes per month, the local line service is only $8.95, no hidden fees or bundling of other unwanted service charges

For the other facilities that are not federal, it used to be that a local number was the answer. Now, its market intelligence and InmateAid has made it their business to know what the best deal is in every scenario. And we can tell you that in 30% of the cases, we cannot save you a penny - and neither can anyone else. But we will give you a refund if we can't save you money.

For more specific information on inmate calls, you will want to navigate to the facility your inmate is incarcerated in through our site by going to Prison Directory and following the links to the Discount Telephone Service - get an honest estimate before you buy.

Ask The Inmate

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