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. Skilling was transferred to FCI Englewood, another low-security facility in Colorado, after FCI Waseca was converted into an all-female prison in 2008.
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.
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 the Social Security numbers, driver licenses, and birth certificates of others in order to assist Bulger evade capture for 16 years.
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.
Serving a 30-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2035.
Heroin addict and former technician at Rose Medical Center in Denver, 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.
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.