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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice


January 2022

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Alfredo Urbina

Alfredo Urbina
Correctional Officer V
Ney Unit

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

51-year-old Alfredo Urbina Jr., Correctional Officer V at the Ney Unit, died from complications with COVID-19 on Monday, January 24, 2022.

Officer Urbina began his TDCJ employment September 18, 1995, at the Cotulla Unit. On December 1, 1996, he transferred to the Ney Unit and remained there until he retired on May 13, 2020. He was re-hired on April 5, 2021, at the Ney Unit and remained there until his passing.

“The Texas Department of Criminal Justice extends its thoughts and prayers to Officer Urbina’s family, friends, and co-workers at the Ney Unit,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “We are grateful for his service to the state of Texas and he will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and worked with him.”

Officer Urbina tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, was hospitalized on Friday, January 21, 2022, and passed on Monday.

Ney Unit Assistant Warden Luis Hernandez said, “Officer Urbina always put others first and mentored many of the officers assigned to the Ney Unit. He was respected by his peers, as well as the inmate population. He never complained and was a real motivator to everyone he met. He will be missed by everyone who worked with him.”

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