Shakopee Women’s Prison

Kyndell Harkness, Star Tribune

Where Amy Senser will serve her time

  • July 9, 2012 - 8:37 PM

Amy Senser was sentenced Monday to three years and five months for the Aug. 23 hit-and-run crash that killed Anousone Phanthavong. She'll serve her time at the Minnesota women's prison in Shakopee. Here's some information about it:


The state women's prison in Shakopee is a fence-free facility located amidst an ordinary residential neighborhood.

It looks as though it might be a community college, or something on that scale. And that, in fact, has led to tension in the area for decades, with prison officials fearful of escapes or intrusions and some neighbors resisting any move to a more oppressive appearance for the building.


The prison houses about 600 inmates in a complex consisting of 11 buildings, including seven "living units" and one designed to segregate offenders from one another.

Shakopee houses people at all levels of security and with a range of severity of crimes, from homicide to driving offenses.

Amy Senser, 45, will find an inmate group that's nearly two-thirds white and, while it tilts slightly younger than she, has nearly 300 people in the 36 to 55 age range.


Inmates can work on jobs maintaining the institution or serving food. They can also take jobs through a state-owned enterprise called MINNCOR, which pays them for their work but slices off a portion for taxes, cost of incarceration and restitution to victims. It also has educational programs.


Visit the official website at or the MINNCOR site at


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