Waseca Federal Correctional Institution

General Prison Information

Official Prison Name: Waseca Federal Correctional Institution
Prison Code: WAS
Prison Type: Federal Correctional Institution
Region: North Central Region
State: Minnesota
Security Level: Low

Contact Information

Below is the street address and mailing address for Waseca Federal Correctional Institution. Use the mailing address if you are mailing a letter or package to a prisoner at Waseca Federal Correctional Institution, and be sure to use the physical address if you need to know the actual location of the facility.

Mailing Address

Make sure to read the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures section on this page if you are going to send something to a prisoner to make sure that you correctly address the letter or package, and do the correct steps for sending a package or letter. If you do not use the correct directions, the package or letter could get sent back.

FCI Waseca
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 1731
Waseca MN, 56093

Street Address / Prison Location

Use the street address if you plan to visit a prisoner. Be sure to read the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule sections below if you are going to visit an inmate at Waseca Federal Prison.

Waseca Federal Correctional Institution
1000 University Dr, Sw
Waseca MN, 56093

Phone Number

Federal inmates don’t have telephones, so you can’t call inmates, however, there are times when it may be helpful to know the telephone number to the facility.

(507) 835-8972

Fax Number

Inmates don’t have faxes, so you won’t be able to fax the inmate, but there are cases when it may be necessary to know the fax number to Waseca Federal Correctional Institution.

(507) 837-4547 

Email Address

The email address listed below is the primary email for the prison. You cannot reach inmates at this address. If you need to email a prisoner, read the Inmate Email section below.


Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates:   1,061 

Inmate Email

In order to send email to a prisoner you must follow an exact process to ensure that the email gets to the prisoner.

TRULINCS – Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System

Federal inmates are allowed to email letters only from people listed on their approved contact list. An federal prisoner has to make a request to recieve and send email messages with someone by placing that person in their contact list.

Every email is subject to monitoring. prisoners must consent to email monitoring when they sign up to participate in the email program. Family and friends of the inmate give their consent to being monitored when they agree to correspondence with the inmate and are notified every time that they get an email from the inmate.

When a contact is added to an inmates contact list they will get an email confirmation which directs them to CorrLink at www.corrlink.com.
CorrLink Inmate Email System

Email messages may not jeopardize the public or the security, safety, or operation of the prison. Also, emails should not exceed 13,000 characters. Email messages that don’t follow these rules will not get delivered.

Inmate Internet Access

Federal prisoners are not permitted to access the internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are certain steps that you must follow when sending mail to a federal prisoner. If you do not then the letters and packages might not make it there.

Before you send anything, you should read the links below:

Mail Monitoring

Prison guards do open and read and inspect all received general packages and mail. Received general mail may be read as frequently as deemed necessary to keep security or watch problems regarding inmates.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Below is the proper format for how you need to address a package or letter to a federal inmate at Waseca Federal Prison:

FCI Waseca
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 1731
Waseca MN, 56093

To read the full Bureau of Prisons Policy on Correspondence, click here: Bureau of Prisons – Correspondence Policy

Inmate Money

Every prison has a Commissary which was started to provide a bank type account for inmate money and for purchasing things not provided by the Bureau of Prisons.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Friends, family, or other people can add money into these Commissary accounts by sending it by the U.S. Postal Service and Western Union.

Via U.S. Postal Service: An inmate’s family and friends can choose to send prisoners money in postal mail and must send money to the following address and follow the steps written below:

Federal Bureau of Prisons
Insert Valid Committed Inmate Name
Insert Inmate Eight-Digit Register Number
Post Office Box 474701
Des Moines, Iowa 50947-0001

The deposit has to be in a money order that is made out to the prisoner’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. You are advised to use a U.S. Postal Service money order, since all non-postal money orders processed through the National Lockbox will be kept for a 15-day hold period, and in this time the prisoner will not get the funds. The Bureau of Prisons will return to the sender funds that don’t have correct prisoner info but only if the envelope has a return address. Checks and cash can’t be deposited to the inmate’s account so do not send cash or checks.

Via Western Union Quick Collect Program: Prisoner’s friends and family may also send prisoners money with Western Union’s Quick Collect Program. Money sent to a prisoner with the Western Union Quick Collect Program can be sent via one of these methods:

  1. At Western Union location using cash. In order to locate the closest agent, you should call 1-800-325-6000 or visit www.westernunion.com.
  2. On the phone with a credit/debit card: Call 1-800-634-3422 and choose menu option 2.
  3. Online with a credit or debit card: Go to www.westernunion.com and choose “Quick Collect.”

For the Western Union Quick Collect transaction, all of this info must be included:

  1. Correct Inmate Eight-Digit Register Number (entered with no spaces or dashes) followed immediately by Inmate’s Last Name
  2. Committed Inmate Full Name entered on Attention Line
  3. Code City: FBOP, DC

If the wrong register number and/or name are used and accepted and sent to the wrong inmate, the money might not be returned.

For additional info about how to send an inmate money, go to the official Bureau of Prisons website:
Bureau of Prisons – Inmate Money

Inmate Locator

Federal inmates are often transported to different prisons throughout the country, so sometimes you may have to find where an inmate is located using the inmate locator. Click on the link here to look up an inmate.
Inmate Search

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Visiting hours are from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as every federally recognized holiday.

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Every prison has its own rules for inmate visitation and they get changed frequently. The rules listed here may be out of date now, so be sure to also go to the prison’s official website to get the latest rules for visitation.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The entrance guard will make sure each visitor signs the prisoner visitors log when they enter the correctional facility and also when they leave.

Identification Required

Picture id of all visitors is required. Acceptable forms of ID are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; but, a state issued photo id is OK.

For all of the points shown below, read the official prison website as this info is changed frequently:

  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Dress Code
  • Things You Can and Cannot Take to Visitation
  • Special Rules For Children, Special Visits, Pastoral or Attorney Visits

To read the complete Waseca Federal Prison Visitation Policy click here: Inmate Visitation Procedures

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Trying to find a prison job? Have any prior experience? Have you worked at a prison before?

If so, go to: Waseca Federal Correctional Institution Jobs


The official website: Waseca Federal Correctional Institution Website

Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Waseca Federal Correctional Institution

Have you ever been incarcerated in Waseca Federal Correctional Institution? Do you know someone there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at this prison?

If you have, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write about what you experienced so other people can find out what to expect.

Things you can put in your review:

  • Prison conditions
  • Prison layout and facility
  • Staff and guards
  • Commissary and food
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Safety
  • Gang activity
  • Activities and programs

If you are currently an inmate at this prison, include your address if you want people to be able to mail you.

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