Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility

Coordinates: 36°11′31″N 86°54′19″W / 36.1919222°N 86.9054013°W / 36.1919222; -86.9054013
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Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility
LocationNashville, Tennessee
Coordinates36°11′31″N 86°54′19″W / 36.1919222°N 86.9054013°W / 36.1919222; -86.9054013
Security classMaximum
Opened1992 (1992)
Managed byTennessee Department of Correction
WardenJames M. Holloway
Street address7575 Cockrill Bend Boulevard
ZIP Code37209-1057
WebsiteOfficial website
Notable prisoners
James Earl Ray[1]

The Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility is a maximum-security prison in Nashville, Tennessee, operated by the Tennessee Department of Correction.

Opened in 1992, the facility houses prisoners with multiple and complex medical problems. The facility has a 250 bed-per-month turnover.[2]

The Cumberland River flows along the facility's west boundary, and the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution is located immediately south of the facility.


The Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility is equipped with three nursing units, as well as a secure community hospital to provide inpatient and outpatient care. Inmates include those requiring mental health intervention, those recovering from serious illness or surgery, inmates with long-term medical needs, and inmates whose treatment regimen is not manageable at other Tennessee Department of Corrections facilities.[2]


The Reconciliation Guest House provides overnight lodging and kitchen facilities to families and friends who travel to Nashville to visit inmates at the Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility.[3]

Notable inmates[edit]

James Earl Ray spent the last few years of his life at this hospital. He died in April 1998.


  1. ^ Sack, Kevin (March 28, 1997). "Dr. King's Son Says Family Believes Ray Is Innocent". New York Times.
  2. ^ a b "Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility". Tennessee Department of Correction. Retrieved November 27, 2016.
  3. ^ "Lois M. Deberry Special Needs Facility - Visitation Handbook 2014 - 2015" (PDF). Tennessee Department of Correction. 2015.