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. 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]

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 Temporarily in custody of the US Marshals Service pending further federal court hearings.[6][7] 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.[8][9]
Rita Crundwell 44540-424 Serving a 19-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2030.[10] 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.[11][12]
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.[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]

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. ^ Murphy, Shelley (February 16, 2015). "'Whitey' Bulger's girlfriend refuses to testify". Boston Globe. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "'Whitey' Bulger's Lover Catherine Greig in Court on Contempt Charge". NBC News. October 19, 2015. Retrieved 17 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "Girlfriend gets 8 years for hiding 'Whitey' Bulger - CNN.com". Articles.cnn.com. 2012-06-12. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  9. ^ "Longtime girlfriend of "Whitey" Bulger has 8-year sentence upheld". Fox News. 2013-05-17. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  10. ^ Becker, Tara (June 5, 2013). "Crundwell settles in at Minnesota prison". The Quad-City Times. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "USDOJ: US Attorney's Office - Northern District of Illinois". Justice.gov. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  12. ^ Pavlo, Walter (2013-02-14). "Fmr Dixon, IL Comptroller, Rita Crundwell, Sentenced to 19 1/2 Years In Prison". Forbes. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  13. ^ 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. 
  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. 

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