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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice

September 2021

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Lacy J. Bennett

Lacy J. Bennett
Lacy J. Bennett

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

36-year-old Lacy J. Bennett, clerk in Inmate Records at the Alfred D. Hughes Unit, died on September 17, 2021.

Lacy was admitted to a local hospital on September 6, 2021, after testing positive for COVID-19 and having COVID pneumonia. Her condition began to deteriorate on September 16 and she passed on the following day.

Lacy began her employment with TDCJ on September 1, 2016, as a correctional officer at the Crain Unit where she worked until September 9, 2020. She returned to the agency in her current position at the Hughes Unit on June 28, 2021.

“Lacy Bennett was a committed TDCJ employee who served the agency well during her employment at the Crain Unit and Hughes Unit,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “Her loss will be felt greatly by so many and our thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends, and co-workers.”

Lacy has a 15-year old son and a 12-year old daughter who were her entire life. She enjoyed crafting, traveling, cooking, fishing, and being with her friends.

“She was a great person who always had a smile on her face,” said Hughes Unit Senior Warden Bruce Armstrong. “She had a wonderful personality that automatically attracted people to her.”

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has had sixty-three employees who have died in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.