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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice


September 2021

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Lakeisha Brantley

Lakeisha Brantley
Lakeisha Brantley

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

41-year-old Lakeisha Brantley had 11 years of service with the TDCJ and was a Laundry Manager assigned to the Plane State Jail in Humble. Ms. Brantley tested positive for COVID on August 26, 2021, after not feeling well. On August 31, 2021, TDCJ was contacted that Brantley had been found dead in her Houston area home.

“For over a decade Lakeisha Brantley served the citizens of Texas, always with a smile,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “She was an important part of our team who was an excellent example of TDCJ’s core values. Courage, Commitment. Integrity. Perseverance. TDCJ is a family and we mourn together.”

“Ms. Brantley had served as a Correctional Sergeant and Lieutenant before her time as Laundry Manager,” said TDCJ Correctional Institutions Division Director Bobby Lumpkin. “She gave 110 percent every day at all times and was a huge part of the Plane team. She was a hard worker and always looked to the positive. The thoughts and prayers of the TDCJ family go out to her family now. She will be truly missed.”

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