Federal Correctional Institution, Waseca

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Federal Correctional Institution, Waseca
FCI Waseca.jpg
Location Waseca, Minnesota
Status Operational
Security class Low-security
Population 1,070
Opened 1995
Managed by Federal Bureau of Prisons

The Federal Correctional Institution, Waseca (FCI Waseca) is a low-security United States federal prison for female offenders in Minnesota. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice.[1] The site, located 75 miles from Minneapolis, was converted into a prison in 1992 after formerly serving as a University of Minnesota campus.


FCI Waseca opened in 1995 as an all-male facility. In 2006, FCI Waseca received its most high-profile prisoner when Jeffrey Skilling, CEO of the now defunct Enron Corporation was sent there after he was convicted of insider trading, securities fraud and other charges for making a $60 million profit by selling company stock in anticipation of the company's 2001 collapse.[2] Skilling was transferred to FCI Englewood, another low-security facility in Colorado, after FCI Waseca was converted into an all-female prison in 2008.

Notable incidents[edit]

While they are a rarity in women's prisons, the FBI was called in to investigate a serious act of violence at FCI Waseca in June 2011. Felicia Thomas, a 45-year-old inmate serving a sentence for arson, allegedly attempted to strangle another inmate with a rope taken from a laundry bag. Thomas pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon on January 11, 2013 and was subsequently sentenced to an additional 41 months in prison. She is currently scheduled for release in 2021.[3][4][5]

Notable inmates (current and former)[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Catherine Greig 57820-112 Serving an 8-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2018. Girlfriend of former FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitive and Mafia figure James "Whitey" Bulger; pleaded guilty in 2012 to harboring a fugitive and identity fraud for illegally obtaining Social Security numbers, licenses and birth certificates in order to assist Bulger evade capture.[6][7]
Rita Crundwell 44540-424 Serving a 19-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2030. Former comptroller for the city of Dixon, Illinois; pleaded guilty in 2012 to wire fraud and money laundering for stealing $53 million in city funds and using it for personal expenses between 1991 and 2012; the story was featured on the CNBC television program American Greed.[8][9]
Shelley Shannon 59755-065 Serving a 20-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2018. Member of the extremist group Army of God; served 10 years in state prison for the attempted murder of Kansas abortion doctor George Tiller in 1993; pleaded guilty in 1995 to firebombing six abortion clinics in California, Nevada and Oregon.[10]
Shauntay Henderson 05164-748 Serving a combined state and federal sentence of 17 years; scheduled for release in 2017. Gang member from Kansas City, Kansas and one of only eight women to be on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List; convicted of voluntary manslaughter in 2008 and being a felon in possession of a firearm in 2012.[11][12][13]
Jamie Paulin Ramirez 65146-066 Serving an 8-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2017.[14] US citizen known as "Jihad Jamie;" pleaded guilty in 2011 to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorism for using the Internet to recruit people to wage violent jihad in South Asia and Europe.[15][16][17]
Kristen Parker 36339-013 Serving a 30-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2035. Heroin addict and former technician at Rose Medical Center in Colorado; pleaded guilty in 2009 to stealing clean syringes intended for patients and swapping them with used syringes contaminated with the Hepatitis C virus, causing at least 18 patients to be infected.[18][19]
Christine Daniel 57133-112 Serving a 14-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2025. Los Angeles doctor; convicted in 2011 of bilking patients out of $1.1 million by falsely promising them that a herbal supplement she sold could cure late-stage cancer and other diseases; several patients died after forgoing conventional treatments.[20]
Karen Vernon 16176-006 Serving a 12-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2021. Member of the Alaska Peacekeepers Militia; pleaded guilty in 2012 to plotting to kill U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline in retaliation for the Beistline's ruling against her and her husband, Lonnie Vernon, in an income tax case; Lonnie Vernon received 26 years.[21]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "BOP: FCI Waseca". Bop.gov. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  2. ^ http://mankatofreepress.com/local/x519261189/Waseca-set-to-welcome-infamous-inmate
  3. ^ "FBI — Federal Inmate Indicted for Assaulting Another Inmate". Fbi.gov. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  4. ^ "FBI — Federal Inmate Sentenced for Assaulting Another Inmate". Fbi.gov. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  5. ^ "Federal Bureau of Prisons". Bop.gov. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  6. ^ "Girlfriend gets 8 years for hiding 'Whitey' Bulger - CNN.com". Articles.cnn.com. 2012-06-12. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  7. ^ "Longtime girlfriend of "Whitey" Bulger has 8-year sentence upheld". Fox News. 2013-05-17. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  8. ^ "USDOJ: US Attorney's Office - Northern District of Illinois". Justice.gov. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  9. ^ Pavlo, Walter (2013-02-14). "Fmr Dixon, IL Comptroller, Rita Crundwell, Sentenced to 19 1/2 Years In Prison". Forbes. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  10. ^ Published: September 09, 1995 (1995-09-09). "Woman Gets 20-Year Sentence In Attacks on Abortion Clinics - New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  11. ^ "FBI — March". Fbi.gov. 2006-09-02. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  12. ^ Rizzo, Tony. "Her probation revoked, Shauntay Henderson gets 10 years in prison". KansasCity.com. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  13. ^ Oberholtz, Chris (2013-07-30). "Probation revoked for Shauntay Henderson, 10 years in prison". KCTV5. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  14. ^ Dale, Maryclaire (January 8, 2014). "Colo. Woman Gets 8 Years in Pa. in Jihadist Plot". Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Pennsylvania Woman Pleads Guilty in Plot to Recruit Violent Jihadist Fighters and to Commit Murder Overseas". US Department of Justice. February 1, 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  16. ^ Candiotti, Susan (March 8, 2011). "'Jihad Jane' ally pleads guilty to terrorism charge". CNN. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  17. ^ Hall, Peter (March 10, 2011). "'Jihad Jane' codefendant pleads guilty to terrorism charge". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  18. ^ http://www.justice.gov/dea/divisions/den/2009/denver092509p.html
  19. ^ Johnson, Kirk (2010-02-24). "Denver Woman Sentenced in Hepatitis Infection Case". The New York Times. 
  20. ^ "LA Doctor Gets 14 Years For This Horrible Promise". Huffington Post. 2013-05-18. 
  21. ^ "Alaska couple sentenced to prison for plot to kill judge". News.msn.com. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 

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Coordinates: 44°04′10″N 93°31′01″W / 44.06944°N 93.51694°W / 44.06944; -93.51694