Federal Correctional Institution, Waseca
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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. 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. 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.
Notable inmates (current and former)
|Inmate Name||Register Number||Status||Details|
|Catherine Greig||57820-112||Temporarily in custody of the US Marshals Service pending further federal court hearings.||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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Jamie Paulin Ramirez||65146-066||Serving an 8-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2017.||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.|
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