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TN DOC - Riverbend Maximum Security Institution (RMSI)

State Prison

Last Updated: July 28, 2022
7475 Cockrill Bend Blvd, Nashville, TN 37209-1048

Riverbend Maximum is for State Prison offenders sentenced up to twelve months.

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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

The inmates housed at Riverbend Maximum 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.

RMSI 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 is home 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 the 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.

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

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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.

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Covid Visitation Information

Visitation is currently SUSPENDED at all Tennessee Prisons across the state.

Out of an abundance of caution and to protect what we consider a vulnerable population, the TDOC made the decision to suspend visitation until further notice. This decision is being re-evaluated daily and based on current updates of the COVID-19 impact in Tennessee.

Out of an abundance of caution and to protect what we consider a vulnerable population, the TDOC made the decision to suspend visitation until further notice. This decision is being re-evaluated daily and based on current updates of the COVID-19 impact in Tennessee.

Visitation Information

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

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 include 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.
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 inmate's visitation file. Each visitor will be given three (3) attempts to clear the detectors before they will be denied entry 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 the 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 the 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 inmate's visitation hours
9. There is insufficient space for further visiting
10. The visitor is unable to successfully pass the metal detector or cell sense 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 with 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 the 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 an 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 8:00 am and 4:00 pm – 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.

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