FCI Waseca also known as Waseca Federal Correctional Institute is a low security women’s federal prison located at 1000 University Drive SW in Waseca, Minnesota operated by the North Central Region of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), a division of the U.S. Department of Justice. FCI Waseca houses 750 female federal inmates sentenced and charged with Federal Crimes in U.S. District Court.
FCI Waseca offers the RDAP Early Release Program. For program info Click Here
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Housing: FCI Waseca is a low security Federal Prison and houses inmates in dormitory style 2 person bunk-beds as well as 4 and 8 person cubicles. Wall and footlockers are provided for storage of inmate personal items.
Religion: FCI Waseca provides services and programs to Christian, Jewish and Muslim inmates. The Waseca religious services department has a Catholic chaplain, Jewish Rabbi and Muslim Imam to provide to religious of inmates. Volunteers from the cities of Janesville or Owatonna help orchestrate services for Native Americans and other religious groups. Inmates can wear religious items, and the facilities observe different holy days, and also accommodate to any dietary restrictions for various faiths.
Medical: FCI Waseca has a full-time medical staff on hand and/or contract medical workers from nearby cities. FCI Waseca provides care for inmates who may experience any medical emergencies. In the event institution staff is unable to care for an inmate’s medical needs, inmates may be sent to the Owatonna Hospital in Owatonna, Missouri or the Mayo Clinic in Waseca for emergency medical care.
Jobs: FCI Waseca inmate work positions involve working in food and trash services, plumbing, painting, grounds keeping, and several other areas. The UNICOR inmate work program at FCI Waseca employs 200 inmates and manufactures military clothing.
Education: FCI Waseca inmates without a high school diploma or General Educational Development Credential (GED) must attend the BOP Inmate Literacy Program to obtain their GED. The education department offers a cosmetology program, culinary arts program, and dog training program as well as college courses from Riverland Community College.
FCI Waseca offers the BOP 500 Hour RDAP program that enables federal inmates with verifiable substance abuse issues to receive up to an 18 month early release off their sentences. For additional information on qualifications and entry into the RDAP Program please click on RDAP Eligibility.
I-94W to I-90W to I-35 North; take Exit 40 (Highway 14 West); drive approximately 13 miles along this route, then take the Exit Ramp to Waseca on the Right. At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn right onto Highway 13; follow the signs to the Federal Correctional Institution, Waseca.
I 35 South to Exit 40 (Highway 14 West); drive approximately 13 miles along this route, then take the Exit Ramp to Waseca on the Right. At the bottom of the Exit Ramp, turn right onto Highway 13; follow the signs to the Federal Correctional Institution, Waseca, Minnesota.
Visiting is conducted on Friday from 4:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, Sunday and Federal Holidays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Federal holidays are New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King’s Birthday, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. These hours are subject to change based on the institution needs.
Inmate visitors are no longer allowed to wait in the Front Lobby or the institution parking lot for the Inmate Visiting Room to open. Visitors will be prohibited from entering on institution grounds prior to 8:15 A.M. and between the hours of 9:15A.M.- 10:00 A.M., on weekends and holidays. On Fridays visitors may not enter the institution grounds prior to 4:15 P.M. Visitors failing to adhere to these procedures will be asked to leave until the appropriate designated time.
It’s recommended to call the FCI Waseca Control center at 507-835-8972 to confirm the visiting schedule before departing for your visit.
Waseca FCI inmates may receive mail addressed to them at the below address using the indicated format.
INMATE NAME & REGISTER NUMBER
FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
P.O. BOX 1731
WASECA, MN 56093
Inmates are not allowed to receive packages from home without prior written approval from the inmate’s unit team or authorized staff member at the institution. The only packages an inmate may receive from home are those containing release clothing and authorized medical devices. However, inmates may receive magazines, hard and paperback books directly from the publisher.
FCI Waseca inmates are authorized 300 minutes of prepaid phone use January thru October, and 400 minutes, in November and December. Inmates phone lists can contain 30 approved called numbers, and calls maximum 15 minutes in length. VAC Communications contracts prison call services to the Bureau of Prisons and FCI Waseca. A calls costs 21¢ per minute, with 15 minute calls costing $3.15.
Pacific Telephone Company can substantially cut the cost of Waseca FCI inmate calls from $3.15 to $1.65 for a 15 minute call! For information call 855-966-8655 or go to www.federalinmatecalling.com/ordering
Sending Funds To A Federal Inmate
Federal inmate can receive outside funds from their inmate accounts via a Postal Money order by U.S. Mail as well as a money transfer via Western Union. For additional information on sending money to an inmate please click on the appropriate link.