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Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 12:00 pm | Updated: 7:23 am, Wed Mar 19, 2014.

UPDATED: TUESDAY 3:23 P.M. This story has been updated to include how the prison intends to use the salon equipment.

The government is spending over $30,000 for “beauty salon” equipment for a women’s federal prison, an order that includes “porcelain shampoo bowls,” eight nail stations and four massage tables.

Minnesota’s Federal Correction Institution Waseca, which houses 1,030 inmates, put in an order on Thursday for multiple salon items.

The list includes eight “Jeffco Rocket Styling Chairs,” “four Belvedere Adara Floor Vanities,” and four “Classic Spa Portable Massage Tables.”

Additionally, the government bought four “Pibbs Footbaths,” two “Commercial Model Super Nine Wig Dryers,” three “Belvedere dryer chairs,” and four “Belvedere cast iron porcelain shampoo bowls.” The porcelain bowls includes “vacuum breakers and fixtures.”

The salon will also have a reception area with four chairs, and eight “Dina Meri Mani-go Nail Stations.”

The total cost of the contract comes to $30,410.23.

Though Waseca is getting a host of new equipment, the inmates will not be getting their hair dyed.

“Inmates are not allowed to dye their hair with any product,” the prison’s orientation handbook states. “Inmates dying or highlighting their hair may be subject to disciplinary action.”

After visiting the salon, inmates can sunbathe in the recreation yard, which is permitted on “weekends, Federal Holidays, and weekdays.”

Jeffrey Skilling, the former CEO of Enron, began his 24-year stint at Waseca in 2006, before the prison was converted into an all female facility.

Anne Cummins, public information officer for the Waseca facility, said on Tuesday that the prison is currently in the process of putting together a vocational training program in cosmetology and has put out bids for the materials needed.

"I know other federal and state facilities offer similar programs," said Cummins.

Cummins also said the purpose of the vocational training program is to "help (inmates) build employable skills."

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  • Town in Need of Help posted at 11:45 am on Wed, Mar 19, 2014.

    Town in Need of Help Posts: 18

    Seriously, WTF?!? The only employable skill they need to learn is to FOLLOW THE LAW!

  • redbarron posted at 9:49 am on Wed, Mar 19, 2014.

    redbarron Posts: 204

    Cummins also said the purpose of the vocational training program is to "help (inmates) build employable skills."

    So just what good is this going to do them? Please correct me if I am wrong but don't they have to have a cosmetology Licence in the state of MN? And if the licence is needed am I going to have to pay for that additional training too? So lets see.. they go to jail.. get 3 hots and a cot... free medical, dental, and now I'm going to work so they can learn how to do nails? Are you friggn' kidding me? This is nuts... stop it.. stop it right now because I think I just threw up in my mouth. The only thing they should be doing is cleaning dtitches and picking rock!

  • ubetcha posted at 9:16 pm on Tue, Mar 18, 2014.

    ubetcha Posts: 299

    Couldn't agree more redbarron. To me I think this is nothing short of pampering law breakers and making things more comfortable in there....... Disgusting abuse of funds, someone should be held accountable for this!

  • ubetcha posted at 9:11 pm on Tue, Mar 18, 2014.

    ubetcha Posts: 299

    Money well spent (sarcasm)!!!!

  • Suzanne Rook posted at 4:07 pm on Tue, Mar 18, 2014.

    Suzanne Rook Posts: 20 Staff


    We often add information to stories as they develop. That's what happened in this case.


  • leftthehatebehind posted at 3:55 pm on Tue, Mar 18, 2014.

    leftthehatebehind Posts: 47

    Why not make the call in the first place, BEFORE printing the article? You know, getting all the FACTS and information first? You got the reactions you obviously were looking for…

  • leftthehatebehind posted at 3:22 pm on Tue, Mar 18, 2014.

    leftthehatebehind Posts: 47


  • Suzanne Rook posted at 3:21 pm on Tue, Mar 18, 2014.

    Suzanne Rook Posts: 20 Staff

    We have a call into the prison system's public information office and are waiting to hear back from them. We'll add to the story as more becomes available.

    Suzy Rook
    Waseca County News Managing Editor

  • leftthehatebehind posted at 3:11 pm on Tue, Mar 18, 2014.

    leftthehatebehind Posts: 47

    Yes, good point, why didn't Waseca County News actually talk to the prison themselves? It is not like it would be hard for them to do that. This is just lazy.

  • leftthehatebehind posted at 3:10 pm on Tue, Mar 18, 2014.

    leftthehatebehind Posts: 47

    It is poor journalism because it is from an unreliable site that is known for leaving out important information in their "news" stories. It is barely a news source. Nothing wrong with using other sources and citing them, but at least you reliable ones with good reputations. This is lazy journalism.

  • Ofsilence posted at 2:49 pm on Tue, Mar 18, 2014.

    Ofsilence Posts: 560

    Why is this "horrible journalism"? The original article is listed. News organizations have been doing this for quite some time now since the internet has became mainstream.

    Plus, did you read the subject matter of the article? Now THAT is something to get irritated about. There's plenty of people out there who cant afford any of the services being provided by this "prison" due to the terrible economy. So felons get "spa treatment" for breaking the law? And people wonder why the system is so screwed up.

  • redbarron posted at 2:43 pm on Tue, Mar 18, 2014.

    redbarron Posts: 204

    Poor journalism aside, lets get to the meat and spuds of the article. Just why in the heck are my tax dollars going for this in the first place? I'm completely outgraged. If these women want their hair done and a pedi... I will give you a bowl and one nail clippers.. nothing more. This is the powers that be in this state running amuck again. I for one want them ripped out and tossed. What are we doing running a spa for criminals. They broke the law. Plain and simple. They are there for a reason. Just what does this teach them? Break the law and you get a free pedi? Really? I would really like to know who authorized this and they should be fired. You're out of here... pack up your crap and we will help you to the door fired! I Would like some answers.... so Wascea News ... now about some real journalism?

  • leftthehatebehind posted at 12:54 pm on Tue, Mar 18, 2014.

    leftthehatebehind Posts: 47

    This is horrible journalism… taking an article from "The Washington Free Beacon" Are you serious?? Shame on you!!


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