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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice


August 2021

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Whitney Poindexter

Whitney Poindexter
Whitney Poindexter

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

46-year-old Whitney Poindexter had 21 months of service with TDCJ and worked as a clerk at the Duncan Unit in Diboll. She tested positive for COVID-19 on August 4, 2021, and was admitted to a hospital in Woodville on August 10, 2020. Ms. Poindexter passed away in the early morning hours of August 17, 2021.

“Whitney Poindexter served her TDCJ family well in her time at the Duncan Unit,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “The Texas Department of Criminal Justice family feels any loss and it hits close to home. The thoughts and prayers of all of us at TDCJ are with the Poindexter family and her fiancé in their time of grief and loss. Whitney Poindexter will never be forgotten.”

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