First Group Of Offenders Earn College Degree At Riverbend Maximum Security Institution
[Friday, August 11, 2023] - History was made Tuesday evening as five offenders became the first cohort to earn college degrees at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution (RMSI). Graduating with their Associate of Science in Business Administration from Nashville State Community College, the group joins over 200 other men and women who have earned a college degree behind the walls of a Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) prison.
Through partnerships with over 10 colleges and universities, TDOC offers degree programs across the state that allow offenders the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees.
“This is my favorite part of my job,” Rachel Riley-Coe, Assistant Commissioner of Rehabilitative Services, told the graduates. “I believe in the power of education. With education comes perseverance, with education comes strength, confidence, critical thinking, and dreams of what could be.”
It is the goal of TDOC under Commissioner Frank Strada to have associate and bachelor’s degree programs in every institution...