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Inside the women's prison in Shakopee

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After sentencing, it's now clear that Amy Senser will spend at least two years in prison -- but what will her time be like at the correctional facility in Shakopee? FOX 9's Erik Runge sat down with the warden to find out.

Senser's attorney, Eric Nelson, said his client was fully prepared to head to prison -- which is where she will stay for at least the next two years and three months. When she arrived at the facility, her picture was taken and she was issued her standard prison clothes.

"They have a pair of jeans, T-shirt, kind of a blue denim shirt, and tennis shoes," said Tracy Beltz, warden of Shakopee Correctional Facility, the state's only women's prison. "Every offender that comes in is treated the exact same way."

For Senser, that means she will spend her nights in a cell -- either by herself or with up to three other inmates. There are more than 600 women held at the facility.

Senser's day will begin before 8 a.m. After breakfast, she will attend different prison programs and will be given a job.

"They could work in the MNCore industry -- they could be a janitor in the living unit or work in food service, making or serving meals," Beltz explained.

Nearly everything the inmates do is scheduled, and recreation time is limited -- as are visitors and how close they can get to each other.

"They are allowed a quick hello and a quick hug goodbye," Beltz said. "They don't touch during the visit, and they sit across from each other."

Inmates can gradually earn more freedom depending on their behavior, which includes having children spend the night -- but don't be fooled. Even though there are no bars or barbed wire fences surrounding the facility, it is a prison.

Senser will stay in a temporary living unit for a few weeks while she goes through orientation -- and Beltz says Senser is sure to get a good idea of what life will be like in prison and what's expected of her. Then, she will be transferred to another cell.

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