Federal Correctional Institution, Waseca

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Federal Correctional Institution, Waseca
FCI Waseca.jpg
LocationWaseca, Minnesota
Security classLow-security
Managed byFederal 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. It used many of the buildings from the former college. 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]

The FBI was called in to investigate a 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 Originally sentenced to 21 months; extended after disciplinary action and scheduled for release in 2020. Girlfriend of former FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitive and Irish Mob 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]
Shelley Shannon 59755-065 Serving a 20-year sentence under her real name, Rachelle Shannon; 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.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "BOP: FCI Waseca". Bop.gov. Retrieved 2013-08-04.
  2. ^ Nienaber, Dan (2006-12-06). "Waseca set to welcome infamous inmate - Mankato Free Press: Local News". Mankato Free Press. Retrieved 2015-11-03. (Archive)
  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. ^ 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.

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