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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice


March 2021

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Tracey Adams

CO III Tracey Adams
CO III Tracey Adams

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

45-year-old Correctional Officer III Cadet Tracey Adams had two months of service with the TDCJ and was assigned to The Stiles Unit in Beaumont. Adams began her career with the TDCJ on January 19, 2021. She tested positive for COVID-19 after having symptoms on February 11, 2021. She was hospitalized In a Beaumont area hospital the next day. Tracey Adams died in the morning hours of March 6, 2021.

“Tracey Adams was beginning a new career with the TDCJ family,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “She dedicated herself completely to that service and for that we are grateful. Once you join the TDCJ family you are a part of that family and we are in this together. We hold the Adams family in our prayers this day. Know that Ms. Adams will be missed and remembered.”

“Officer Adams was very determined and driven to succeed. She told us she wanted to be the best officer she could be,” said TDCJ Training and Leader Development Division Director David Yebra. “Starting a new career can be difficult but she took on that challenge head on and full steam. Our hope is that her family finds comfort in this difficult time knowing she chose to serve.”

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