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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice


November 2021

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Kevin Dupree

Amy Mashburn
Kevin Dupree
Correctional Officer V
Powledge Unit

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

66-year-old Kevin Dupree, Correctional Officer V at the Powledge Unit, tested positive for COVID-19 on October 12, 2021. He was admitted to a hospital in Athens, Texas, on October 15, 2021. His condition deteriorated over the last two weeks and he passed away on November 2, 2021. Officer Dupree began his TDCJ career in January 1997 at the Hutchins State Jail. In January 2003 he transferred to the Choice Moore Unit and in April 2009 he transferred to the Powledge Unit.

“The Texas Department of Criminal Justice extends its thoughts and prayers to Officer Dupree’s family, friends, and co-workers at the Powledge Unit,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “The agency is grateful for his 28 years of service to the state of Texas and we know that he will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and worked with him.”

Officer Dupree was an Air Force veteran and has a daughter and a son. His co-workers at the Powledge Unit, who called him “The General”, described him as a great officer who was a hard worker and always willing to help anyone who needed assistance.

“Officer Dupree was a valued member of the Powledge Unit team,” said Powledge Unit Warden Nicole Sandifer. “He was always good-humored and considerate of his co-workers. He often spoke of his family and the time he served in the military with affection,” she added. “There are no words to adequately describe the special person that he was and he will be sadly missed by all who knew him.”

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