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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice

April 2020

TDCJ Mourns Loss of James Coleman

CO James Coleman

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is grieving the loss of an employee that may be connected to the COVID-19 virus.

53-year-old James Coleman’s death is currently under investigation. Coleman last worked April 26, 2020 at the Middleton Unit in Abilene. On April 27th, he felt ill at home, collapsed and was taken to a local hospital where he was tested for COVID-19. That test did return positive and Officer Coleman passed away yesterday afternoon. He was a 20 year veteran of TDCJ.

“There is no measure of the unexpected loss of someone we hold dear,” said Bryan Collier Executive Director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. “The thoughts and prayers of the TDCJ family are with those close to Officer Coleman. We can only hope that is of some comfort to his friends and family.”