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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice


November 2021

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Ty’Isha Harper

Ty’Isha Harper
Ty’Isha Harper
Parole Officer Trainee
Parole Division

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

30-year-old Ty’Isha Harper, a trainee in the Parole Officer Training Academy, tested positive for COVID-19 on September 7, 2021. She was admitted to a Nacogdoches hospital on September 8, 2021, and was placed in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) the next day where she remained until she passed on November 14.

“Ty’Isha Harper made the choice to serve the citizens of Texas and was achieving her goal of becoming a parole officer,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “Her passion for the work she was about to embark on was extraordinary and she will be deeply missed and always remembered.”

Parole Division Director Rene Hinojosa said, “She had made it known that being a parole officer was her dream job and she was well on her way to being a great one. She was quick and eager to learn and truly had a calling to help. Ty’Isha always showed up with a great attitude and her positivity was contagious. She will be missed by all.”

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