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May 29, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice regrets to inform you of the deaths of four offenders likely connected to the coronavirus.

74-year-old Jester III Unit offender Edward Chandler Hughes Jr. May 25th. Hughes tested positive for COVID-19 on May 17th and was transferred to Hospital Galveston. He suffered from a number of pre-existing medical conditions. His family declined an autopsy, but COVID-19 is presumed to be a contributing cause of his death. Hughes had served 48 years of a life sentence from Dallas County.

David Uhrich died May 19th at Hospital Galveston. He was 60 years old. He was transferred from the Pack Unit in Navasota on May 13th. Uhrich tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. He suffered from a number of pre-existing medical conditions. Preliminary autopsy results suggest COVID-19 as a possible cause of death. Uhrich had served 1 year and 9 months of a five-year sentence out of Travis County.

79-year-old Harvey Lee Wendt died May 25th at Hospital Galveston. He was transported from the Jester III Unit in Richmond to the hospital on May 8th. Family declined an autopsy but COVID-19 is presumed to be a contributing cause of death since Wendt had tested positive for the virus. Wendt had served 31 years of a 45-year sentence out of Harris County.

Bernard Ferguson died May 25th at Hospital Galveston. He was hospitalized from the Goree Unit on May 6th. Ferguson had tested positive for COVID-19 and the preliminary results of an autopsy suggest that the virus was a contributing cause of his death. Ferguson had served 43 years of a life sentence out of Bell county.

In total there have been 55,882 offenders and 18,338 employees tested. 5,469 offenders and 879 staff have tested positive. 1410 offenders and 351 staff have recovered. There have been 36 offender deaths connected to COVID 19 with an additional 30 under investigation. There have been 7 employee line of duty deaths from COVID-19.

The Strike Team oral swab testing of offenders and employees of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is moving quickly. As of Friday May 28th, 2020, the teams have collected 51,336 offender tests and 13,983 employee tests.

Collection of tests is complete at the Clements, Darrington, Eastham, Ellis, Estelle, Fort Stockton, Garza East, Gist, Gurney, Holliday, Hughes, Huntsville, Hutchins, Jester III, LeBlanc, Lopez, Lychner, Lynaugh, Michael, Middleton, Murray, Ney, Pack, Robertson, Sanchez, Segovia, Smith, Stiles, Telford, Terrell, Woodman, and Wynne units.




May 29, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

Welcome to the new TDCJ COVID-19 Dashboard!

You can now access all of TDCJ’s testing information optimized for either desktop or mobile viewing in one location. This data will continue to be updated often. It now includes information and testing results from the TDCJ Strike Team mass testing of asymptomatic offenders and employees at a number of units impacted by the COVID-19 virus. The agency continues to administer and receive results for COVID-19 tests daily. Given the volume of tests and results received, slight differences in counts may reflect what the database has captured at different points in time, or in some instances, counts may need to be adjusted to reflect corrections to data. Data indicates the current location and status of offenders tested which may change over time.

Data will continue to be updated daily except for Sundays and Holidays.




May 22, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice regrets to inform you of the death of four offenders likely connected to the coronavirus.

45-year-old Beto Unit offender Jeffrey Davis died May 11th. Davis tested positive for COVID-19 on April 14th and he was placed in medical isolation. He suffered from a number of significant pre-existing medical conditions. On May 2nd, he was transported from Palestine to a hospital in Tyler. Preliminary autopsy results indicated COVID-19 as a contributing cause of death. Davis had served 3 years of a 15 sentence from Galveston County.

Jose Martinez died May 15th after a near month long hospitalization. He was 67 years old and was transferred to a local hospital from the Clements Unit in Amarillo on April 18th. Martinez tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. He suffered from a number of pre-existing medical conditions. Preliminary autopsy results suggest COVID-19 as a possible cause of death. Martinez had served 23 years of a life sentence out of Hockley County.

51 year old Adrian Duncan died May 10th at Hospital Galveston. He was transported from the Scott Unit in Angleton to the hospital on April 26th. Preliminary autopsy results suggest COVID-19 as a contributing cause of death. Duncan had served nearly 10 years of a 35-year sentence out of Harris County.

52-year-old Thomas Weber died May 11th after being transported to HCA Hospital Conroe. He was hospitalized from the Wynne Unit in Huntsville on May 10th, suffering from COVID-19 possible symptoms. He also suffered from a number of preexisting conditions and did test positive for the virus. Weber had served 7 years of a 30-year sentence out of Polk County. The preliminary results of an autopsy suggest a contributing cause of death is COVID-19.

In total there have been 48,008 offenders and 15,128 employees tested. 2,495 offenders and 758 staff have tested positive. 1082 offenders and 181 staff have recovered. There have been 36 offender deaths connected to COVID 19 with an additional 22 under investigation. There have been 7 employee line of duty deaths from COVID-19.




May 19, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The first batch of COVID-19 mass testing of Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) offenders is in. Of the first tests, 1446 are negative and 189 positive which is a rate of 11 percent. Those results come from 13 units across the state.

In all the Strike Team oral swab testing of offenders and employees of TDCJ is moving very quickly. In the first 7 days of testing the 12 teams have collected 34,033 offender tests and 7,863 employee tests.

Collection of tests is complete at the Ellis, Fort Stockton, LeBlanc, Lopez, Michael, Middleton, Murray, Pack, Telford, Terrell, Sanchez, Segovia, Stiles, Woodman, and Wynne units.

Testing continues or is underway at the Clements, Darrington, Eastham, Estelle, Garza East, Gist, Gurney, Hutchins, Holliday, Hughes, Huntsville, Jester III, Lynaugh, Lychner, Ney, and Robertson units.

In total there have been 38,203 offenders and 11,836 employees tested. 2214 offenders and 742 staff have tested positive with 457 offenders and 145 staff recovered. There have been 32 offender deaths connected to COVID 19 with an additional 27 under investigation. There have been 7 employee line of duty deaths from COVID-19.




May 18, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice regrets to inform you of the death of an offender likely connected to the coronavirus.

Terry Jackson died May 2, 2020 at Northwest Texas Hospital he was 57 years old. Jackson suffered from a number of pre-existing medical conditions. He was transported from the Clements Unit to the hospital on April 25th. Preliminary autopsy results suggest COVID-19 as a contributing cause of death. Jackson had served 14 years of a 45-year sentence out of Lamar County.

1998 offenders and 732 staff have tested positive for COVID-19 with 455 offenders and 132 staff recovered.

There have been 32 offender deaths connected to COVID 19 with an additional 27 under investigation. There have been 7 employee line of duty deaths from COVID-19.




May 15, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Strike Team oral swab testing of offenders and employees of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is moving quickly. As of Thursday May 14th, 2020 the 12 teams have completed 13,191 offender tests and 3,254 employee tests.

Testing is complete at the Pack, Sanchez, Middleton, Murray, Terrell, LeBlanc, and Lopez Units.

Testing continues or is underway at the Wynne, Clements, Ellis, Michael, Telford, Woodman, Robertson, Fort Stockton, Darrington, Stiles, Hughes, and Segovia Units.




May 13, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice regrets to inform you of the death of an offender likely connected to the coronavirus.

Daniel Thompson died May 5, 2020 at Hospital Galveston he was 71 years old. Thompson suffered from a number of pre-existing medical conditions. He was transported from the Pack Unit to the hospital on April 30th. Preliminary autopsy results suggest COVID-19 as a contributing cause of death. Thompson had served 24 years of a 50 year sentence out of Harris County.

There have been 7 employee/staff deaths and 31 offender deaths with COVID-19 as a contributing cause. There are an additional 24 offender deaths that are under investigation and pending preliminary autopsy results.

In total there are 677 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1775 offenders who have tested positive. There are now 102 employees and 451 offenders who have medically recovered from COVID-19.

21,468 offenders are on medical restriction because they may have had contact with either an employee or offender with a positive or pending COVID-19 test

PRECAUTIONARY LOCKDOWN 42,474 offenders impacted.

Baten, Beto, Boyd, Byrd, Clemens, Clements, Coffield, Cole, Darrington, Eastham, Ellis, Estelle, Fort Stockton, Garza West, Gist, Goree, Gurney, Holliday, Hughes, Huntsville, Hutchins, Jester 1, Jester 3, Jordan, LeBlanc, Lynchner, Michael, Middleton, Murray, Ney, Pack, Robertson, Sanchez, Scott, Smith, Stringfellow, Telford, Terrell, Woodman, Wynne

The precautionary lockdowns extend for 14 days from the date of a positive test. Those dates may be extended to the date of the most recent positive test.




May 12, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

Testing is one key to stopping the spread of COVID-19. Thanks to Texas Governor Greg Abbott and with the help of the Texas Department of Emergency Management, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) this week is beginning a new expanded testing program.

The agency continues to be agile in its response to the pandemic.

The state has acquired and is deploying tens of thousands of COVID-19 oral fluid tests manufactured by Curative, Incorporated. The tests were given approval in April by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorization and will be administered at TDCJ prison units across Texas. These tests are designed to be self-administered by the person being tested.

“These tests are readily available and deployable,” said Bryan Collier TDCJ Executive Director. “Increasing the information available to our medical professionals will help us to further enhance the agency’s ability of stop the spread of COVID-19.”

The new tests are being utilized by the United States Air Force. Clinical studies suggest Curative’s oral fluid test has equivalent sensitivity to nasopharyngeal swab tests that require a nurse. Curative has also deployed its oral test kit at drive-thru and other centers in Los Angeles, testing more than 57,000 people at a rate now grown to approximately 5,000 per day.

The agency has 12 strike teams who are trained and beginning testing today.

In the first few hours of testing nearly 1500 tests were administered and collected. Like has occurred in virtually every area where large scale asymptomatic testing has taken place TDCJ fully expects the number of positive offender cases to expand dramatically. The agency has a plan in place to medically restrict these new asymptomatic cases as needed.

In total there are 652 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1733 offenders who have tested positive. There have been 30 confirmed offender deaths and 23 pending autopsy results. 7 staff members have died from COVID-19. There are now 91 employees and 371 offenders who have medically recovered from COVID-19.

19,214 offenders are on medical restriction because they may have had contact with either an employee or offender with a positive or pending COVID-19 test.

PRECAUTIONARY LOCKDOWN 43,700 offenders impacted.

Baten, Beto, Boyd, Byrd, Clemens, Clements, Coffield, Cole, Darrington, Eastham, Ellis, Estelle, Fort Stockton, Garza West, Gist, Goree, Gurney, Hughes, Huntsville, Hutchins, Jester 1, Jester III, Jordan, Leblanc, Lychner, Michael, Middleton, Murray, Ney, Pack, Robertson, Sanchez, Scott, Smith, Stringfellow, Telford, Terrell, Woodman, Wynne

The precautionary lockdowns extend for 14 days from the date of a positive test. Those dates may be extended to the date of the most recent positive test.




May 11, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice regrets to inform you of the deaths of 3 offenders likely connected to the coronavirus.

77-year-old James Powers died May 10, 2020 after being in the intensive care unit of Hospital Galveston. Powers was hospitalized from the Ellis Unit in Huntsville on May 5th, suffering from COVID-19 possible symptoms. He also suffered from a number of preexisting conditions and did test positive for the virus. Powers had served 9 years of a 20-year sentence out of Taylor County. Powers family declined an autopsy, but the presumed contributing cause of death is COVID-19.

Alfredo De La Vega died May 5, 2020 at a local hospital he was 54 years old. Delavega suffered from a number of pre-existing medical conditions. He was transported from the Montford Unit in Lubbock to a local hospital on April 27th suffering from possible COVID-19 symptoms. Delavega had served 20 years of a 20 sentence out of Bexar County. The results of preliminary autopsy suggest COVID-19 as a cause of death.

On April 29, 2020 79-year-old Bennie Skinner died after being in the intensive care unit of Wadley Hospital. Skinner was hospitalized from the Telford Unit in New Boston on April 21st, suffering from COVID-19 possible symptoms. He also suffered from a number of preexisting conditions and did test positive for the virus. Skinner had served 30 years of a Life sentence out of Parker County. Skinner’s family declined an autopsy, but the presumed cause of death is COVID-19 pneumonia.

There are an additional 20 deaths that are under investigation and pending preliminary autopsy results.

In total there are 640 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,711 offenders who have tested positive. There are now 82 employees and 371 offenders who have medically recovered from COVID-19.

20,123 offenders are on medical restriction because they may have had contact with either an employee or offender with a positive or pending COVID-19 test.

PRECAUTIONARY LOCKDOWN 41,058 offenders impacted.

Baten, Beto, Boyd, Byrd, Clemens, Clements, Coffield, Cole, Darrington, Eastham, Ellis, Estelle, Fort Stockton, Garza West, Gist, Goree, Gurney, Hughes, Huntsville, Hutchins, Jester 1, Jester III, Jordan, Leblanc, Lychner, Michael, Middleton, Murray, Ney, Pack, Robertson, Sanchez, Scott, Smith, Stringfellow, Telford, Terrell, Woodman, Wynne

The precautionary lockdowns extend for 14 days from the date of a positive test. Those dates may be extended to the date of the most recent positive test.




May 9, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is saddened to announce the deaths of 2 employees that may be connected to the COVID-19 virus.

Correctional Officer Maria Mendez of the Wynne Unit was hospitalized after feeling short of breath after work on April 12, 2020 with a cough and slight fever. On April 15th, she was transferred to Methodist Hospital in Houston where she was placed on a ventilator in Intensive Care. Mendez passed away this morning May 9th, 2020. She was 59 years old and had tested positive for COVID-19 in April. Ms. Mendez served the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for nearly 11 years.

62-year-old Jesse Bolton’s death is currently under investigation. He was a Correctional Officer at the Eastham Unit with 12 years of service. On May 6, 2020 he began feeling ill with stroke like symptoms and was taken to Huntsville Memorial Hospital. Bolton was tested for COVID-19 and that test returned negative. He was transferred to Conroe Regional Hospital where he was placed on life support. Bolton was pronounced dead May 8th at 4:00 pm. A second test for COVID 19 returned positive.

“Even in these unprecedented times there are moments that are especially jarring,” said Bryan Collier TDCJ Executive Director. “Losing any employee is difficult but learning of two deaths in a single day is unthinkable. The thoughts and prayers of the entire agency are with all the family and friends of both Officers Menendez and Bolton.”

In total there have been 7 TDCJ employee deaths that have a preliminary cause of COVID-19. There have also been 27 offender deaths with a preliminary COVID-19 cause and an additional 17 offender deaths that are under investigation and pending preliminary autopsy results.

In total there are 582 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1427 offenders who have tested positive. There are now 82 employees and 371 offenders who have medically recovered from COVID-19.

20,277 offenders are on medical restriction because they may have had contact with either an employee or offender with a positive or pending COVID-19 test.

PRECAUTIONARY LOCKDOWN 43,086 offenders impacted.

Baten, Beto, Boyd, Byrd, Clemens, Clements, Coffield, Darrington, Eastham, Ellis, Estelle, Fort Stockton, Garza West, Gist, Goree, Gurney, Hughes, Huntsville, Hutchins, Jester 1, Jester III, Jordan, Leblanc, Lychner, Michael, Middleton, Murray, Ney, Pack, Robertson, Sanchez, Scott, Smith, Stiles, Stringfellow, Telford, Terrell, Woodman, Wynne

The precautionary lockdowns extend for 14 days from the date of a positive test. Those dates may be extended to the date of the most recent positive test.

Maria Mendez, Wynne Unit
Correctional Officer Maria Mendez
Wynne Unit
Jesse Bolton, Eastham Unit
Correctional Officer Jesse Bolton
Eastham Unit




May 8, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice regrets to inform you of the deaths of 2 offenders likely connected to the coronavirus.

62-year-old Marion Sayles died May 6, 2020 after being in the intensive care unit of Hospital Galveston for over two weeks. Sayles was taken to a local hospital from the Telford Unit in New Boston on April 15th, suffering from COVID-19 possible symptoms. He suffered from a number of preexisting conditions and did test positive for the virus. Sayles had served 8 years of a Life sentence out of Dallas County. Sayles’ family declined an autopsy, but the presumed cause of death is COVID-19 pneumonia.

Ramchand Jagaroo died May 3, 2020 at Northwest Texas Hospital he was 66 years old. Jagaroo suffered from a number of pre-existing medical conditions. He was transported from the Clements Unit to the hospital on April 26th suffering from possible COVID-19 symptoms. Jagaroo had served 16 years of a life sentence out of Harris County. The results of preliminary autopsy suggest COVID-19 as a contributing cause of death.

There are an additional 14 deaths that are under investigation and pending preliminary autopsy results.

In total there are 566 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1402 offenders who have tested positive. There are now 80 employees and 371 offenders who have medically recovered from COVID-19.

21,779 offenders are on medical restriction because they may have had contact with either an employee or offender with a positive or pending COVID-19 test.

PRECAUTIONARY LOCKDOWN 43,185 offenders impacted.

Baten, Beto, Boyd, Byrd, Clemens, Clements, Coffield, Darrington, Eastham, Ellis, Estelle, Fort Stockton, Garza West, Gist, Goree, Gurney, Hughes, Huntsville, Hutchins, Jester 1, Jester III, Jordan, Leblanc, Lychner, Lynaugh, Michael, Middleton, Murray, Ney, Pack, Robertson, Sanchez, Scott, Smith, Stiles, Stringfellow, Telford, Terrell, Woodman, Wynne

The precautionary lockdowns extend for 14 days from the date of a positive test. Those dates may be extended to the date of the most recent positive test




May 7, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice regrets to inform you of the deaths of 2 offenders likely connected to the coronavirus.

62-year-old Miguel Arciba died May 3, 2020 after being in the intensive care unit of Hospital Galveston for over a week. Arciba was taken to a local hospital from the Telford Unit in New Boston on April 13th, suffering from shortness of breath and COVID-19 possible symptoms. He suffered from a number of preexisting conditions and did test positive for the virus. Arciba had served 13 years of a Life sentence out of Ellis County. The results of preliminary autopsy suggest COVID-19 as a contributing cause of death.

Gerald Barragan died May 5, 2020 at Hospital Galveston he was 62 years old. Barragan suffered from a number of pre-existing medical conditions. He was transported from the Terrell Unit to Hospital Galveston on April 26th suffering from possible COVID-19 symptoms. Barragan has served 11 months of a 5 year sentence out of Kendall County. Barragan’s family declined an autopsy but the presumed cause of death is COVID-19 pneumonia.

There are an additional 16 deaths that are under investigation and pending preliminary autopsy results.

In total there are 535 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1379 offenders who have tested positive. There are now 80 employees and 371 offenders who have medically recovered from COVID-19.

21,595 offenders are on medical restriction because they may have had contact with either an employee or offender with a positive or pending COVID-19 test.

PRECAUTIONARY LOCKDOWN 44,441 offenders impacted.

Baten, Beto, Boyd, Byrd, Clemens, Clements, Coffield, Darrington, Eastham, Ellis, Estelle, Fort Stockton, Garza West, Gist, Goree, Gurney, Hughes, Huntsville, Hutchins, Jester 1, Jester III, Jordan, Leblanc, Lopez, Lychner, Lynaugh, Michael, Middleton, Murray, Ney, Pack, Polunsky, Robertson, Sanchez, Scott, Smith, Stiles, Stringfellow, Telford, Terrell, Woodman, Wynne

The precautionary lockdowns extend for 14 days from the date of a positive test. Those dates may be extended to the date of the most recent positive test.




May 6, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

In total there are 504 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1336 offenders who have tested positive. 5 employees and 23 offenders are believed to have died as a result of COVID-19. There are now 72 employees and 371 offenders who have medically recovered.

There are an additional 16 deaths that are under investigation and pending preliminary autopsy results. 3 other deaths that had been under investigation have been determined to be non-COVID-19 related after the return of preliminary autopsy reports.

21,242 offenders are on medical restriction because they may have had contact with either an employee or offender with a positive or pending COVID-19 test.

PRECAUTIONARY LOCKDOWN FACILITIES: 45,735 offenders impacted

Baten, Beto, Boyd, Byrd, Clemens, Clements, Coffield, Darrington, Eastham, Ellis, Estelle, Fort Stockton, Garza West, Gist, Goree, Gurney, Hughes, Huntsville, Hutchins, Jester 1, Jester III, Jordan, Leblanc, Lopez, Lychner, Lynaugh, Michael, Middleton, Murray, Ney, Pack, Polunsky, Robertson, Sanchez, Scott, Smith, Stiles, Stringfellow, Telford, Terrell, Woodman, Wynne

The precautionary lockdowns extend for 14 days from the date of a positive test. Those dates may be extended to the date of the most recent positive test.




May 5, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice regrets to inform you of the death of an offender likely connected to the coronavirus.

65-year-old Danilo Garza died May 4, 2020 at Hospital Galveston. Garza had served 31 years of a life sentence out of Cameron County. He was tested for COVID-19 on April 20th and those results came back positive. Garza was transported from the Eastham Unit on April 28nd to Hospital Galveston after his condition worsened. Garza’s family declined an autopsy but COVID-19 is a likely cause of death.

In total there are 482 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1299 offenders who have tested positive. 5 employees and 23 offenders are believed to have died as a result of COVID-19. There are now 66 employees and 371 offenders who have medically recovered.

There are an additional 14 deaths that are under investigation and pending preliminary autopsy results. Three other deaths that had been under investigation have been determined to be non-COVID-19 related after the return of preliminary autopsy reports.

20,510 offenders are on medical restriction because they may have had contact with either an employee or offender with a positive or pending COVID-19 test.

PRECAUTIONARY LOCKDOWN FACILITIES: 48,674 offenders impacted

Baten, Beto, Boyd, Byrd, Clemens, Clements, Coffield, Darrington, Eastham, Ellis, Estelle, Fort Stockton, Garza West, Gist, Goree, Gurney, Hughes, Huntsville, Hutchins, Jester 1, Jester III, Jordan, Leblanc, Lopez, Lychner, Lynaugh, Michael, Middleton, Murray, Pack, Polunsky, Ramsey, Robertson, Sanchez, Scott, Skyview, Smith, Stiles, Stringfellow, Telford, Terrell, Woodman, Wynne

The precautionary lockdowns extend for 14 days from the date of a positive test. Those dates may be extended to the date of the most recent positive test.




May 4, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice regrets to inform you of the deaths of 2 offenders likely connected to the coronavirus.

Nicholas Paredez died April 25, 2020 at Hospital Galveston he was 82 years old. Paredez suffered from a number of pre-existing medical conditions. He was transported from the Estelle Unit to a local hospital on April 22nd and moved to Hospital Galveston the next day. Preliminary autopsy results suggest COVID-19 pneumonia as the likely cause of death. Paredez has served 16 years of a 25 sentence.

62-year-old Tommy Rodriguez was admitted to Hospital Galveston on April 13, 2020 suffering from COVID-19 like symptoms. After spending several days in the Intensive Care Unit Rodriguez died on May 2nd. His family declined an autopsy but he had tested positive for COVID-19 and that is presumed to be a cause of his death. He had served 14 years of a life sentence out of Harris County.

There are an additional 12 deaths that are under investigation and pending preliminary autopsy results.

In total there are 461 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1275 offenders who have tested positive. There are now 63 employees and 371 offenders who have medically recovered from COVID-19.

20,063 offenders are on medical restriction because they may have had contact with either an employee or offender with a positive or pending COVID-19 test.

PRECAUTIONARY LOCKDOWN 46,382 offenders impacted.

Baten, Beto, Boyd, Byrd, Clemens, Clements, Darrington, Eastham, Ellis, Estelle, Fort Stockton, Garza West, Gist, Goree, Gurney, Hughes, Huntsville, Hutchins, Jester 1, Jordan, LeBlanc, Lopez, Lynchner, Lynaugh, Michael, Middleton, Murray, Pack, Polunsky, Ramsey, Robertson, Sanchez, Scott, Skyview, Smith, Stiles, Stringfellow, Telford, Terrell, Woodman, Wynne

The precautionary lockdowns extend for 14 days from the date of a positive test. Those dates may be extended to the date of the most recent positive test.




May 2, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice regrets to inform you of the death of an offender likely connected to the coronavirus.

70-year-old Ralph Neely died April 29, 2020. Neely was taken to a local hospital from the Robertson Unit in Abilene on April 17th, suffering from shortness of breath and COVID-19 possible symptoms. He tested positive for the virus. Neely had served 26 years of a life sentence out of Jefferson County. The preliminary results of an autopsy indicate COVID-19 as a preliminary cause of death.

There are an additional 9 deaths that are under investigation and pending preliminary autopsy results.

In total there are 439 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,229 offenders who have tested positive. There are now 96 employees and 212 offenders who have medically recovered from COVID-19.

19,985 offenders are on medical restriction because they may have had contact with either an employee or offender with a positive or pending COVID-19 test.

PRECAUTIONARY LOCKDOWN 42,349 offenders impacted.

Baten, Beto, Boyd, Byrd, Clemens, Clements, Darrington, Eastham, Ellis, Estelle, Fort Stockton, Garza West, Goree, Gurney, Hughes, Huntsville, Hutchins, Jester 1, Jordan, LeBlanc, Lopez, Lynaugh, Michael, Middleton, Murray, Pack, Polunsky, Ramsey, Robertson, Sanchez, Scott, Skyview, Smith, Stiles, Stringfellow, Telford, Terrell, Woodman, Wynne

The precautionary lockdowns extend for 14 days from the date of a positive test. Those dates may be extended to the date of the most recent positive test.




May 1, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice regrets to inform you of the deaths of 3 offenders that are likely connected to the coronavirus.

64-year-old Michael Milligan died April 26, 2020 at Hospital Galveston after spending two days in critical condition there. Milligan was taken to the hospital from the Terrell Unit in Rosharon on April 19th, suffering from shortness of breath and COVID-19 possible symptoms and he tested positive for the virus. Milligan had served 7 years of a 30-year sentence out of Tarrant County. His family refused an autopsy, but medical evidence suggests COVID-19 as a preliminary cause of death.

Paul Brown was taken to Hospital Galveston from the Wynne Unit in Huntsville on April 18, 2020 suffering from possible symptoms of COVID-19. He was tested at the hospital and that test returned positive. Brown died on April 26th, 2020. His family refused an autopsy but there is evidence to suggest COVID-19 as a cause of death. Brown was 55 years old and had served 7 years of a 50-year sentence out of Orange County.

76-year-old Frederick Ebenal was pronounced dead on April 23, 2020 at a local hospital. He had been housed at the Telford Unit in New Boston. Ebenal began showing possible COVID-19 symptoms on April 18th when he was tested for the virus, that initial test returned negative. He was tested again on April 23rd and that test came back positive. He had served 28 years of a 48-year sentence out of Tom Green County. His family refused an autopsy, but it is believed that COVID-19 contributed to his death.

There are an additional 8 deaths that are under investigation and pending preliminary autopsy results.

In total there are 413 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,151 offenders who have tested positive. There are now 56 employees and 212 offenders who have medically recovered from COVID-19. 19,905 offenders are on medical restriction because they may have had contact with either an employee or offender with a positive or pending COVID-19 test.

PRECAUTIONARY LOCKDOWN 43,431 offenders impacted.

Baten, Beto, Byrd, Clemens, Clements, Eastham, Ellis, Estelle, Fort Stockton, Garza West, Gist, Goree, Gurney, Hughes, Huntsville, Hutchins, Jester 1, Jordan, LeBlanc, Lopez, Lynaugh, Michael, Middleton, Murray, Pack, Polunsky, Ramsey, Robertson, Sanchez, Scott, Skyview, Smith, Stiles, Stringfellow, Telford, Terrell, Woodman, Wynne

The precautionary lockdowns extend for 14 days from the date of a positive test. Those dates may be extended to the date of the most recent positive test.




April 30, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice regrets to inform you of the deaths of 4 offenders that are likely connected to the coronavirus.

55-year-old Darrin Houston died April 18th at Hospital Galveston after spending two days in critical condition. The Estelle Unit offender was taken to the hospital on April 14th, suffering from shortness of breath and COVID-19 like symptoms. Houston later tested positive for the virus. He had served ten years of a life sentence out of Dallas County. The preliminary autopsy results suggest COVID-19 as a cause of death.

Luis Garza was taken to Hospital Galveston from the Wynne Unit on April 15th suffering from a bone infection. He was tested at the hospital for COVID-19 and that test returned positive. On April 16th, Garza was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit where he later died on April 19th. The preliminary results of an autopsy suggest COVID-19 as a cause of death. Garza was 53 years old and had served 12 years of a 25-year sentence out of Dallas County.

57-year-old David Randle was taken from the Estelle Unit on April 17th to a local hospital where he was administered a COVID-19 test that was negative. He was transferred to Hospital Galveston April 18th, suffering shortness of breath and was administered a second COVID-19 test, which returned April 21st positive. Randle died April 26th. He had served 15 years of a 60 year sentence out of Brown County. Preliminary autopsy results suggest a cause of death of COVID-19.

68-year-old James Matthews was pronounced dead at the Beto Unit after being found unresponsive in his cell on April 13th. Matthews began showing possible COVID-19 symptoms on April 9th when he was tested for the virus. He had served 17 years of a 40 year sentence out of Hopkins County. The preliminary autopsy suggests COVID-19 is believed to have contributed to his death.

There are an additional 11 deaths that are under investigation and pending preliminary autopsy results.

In total, there are 394 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1118 offenders who have tested positive. There are now 54 employees and 207 offenders who have medically recovered from COVID-19.

20,218 offenders are on medical restriction because they may have had contact with either an employee or offender with a positive or pending COVID-19 test.

PRECAUTIONARY LOCKDOWN 42,758 offenders impacted.

Baten, Beto, Byrd, Carole Young, Clemens, Clements, Eastham, Ellis, Estelle, Fort Stockton, Garza West, Goree, Gurney, Hospital Galveston, Hughes, Huntsville, Hutchins, Jester 1, Jester 3, Jester 4, Jordan, Leblanc, Lopez, Lynaugh, Michael, Middleton, Murray, Pack, Ramsey, Robertson, Sanchez, Scott, Skyview, Smith, Stiles, Stringfellow, Telford, Terrell, Woodman, Wynne

The precautionary lockdowns extend for 14 days from the date of a positive test. Those dates may be extended to the date of the most recent positive test.




April 29, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

In total there are 381 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1050 offenders who have tested positive. 5 employees and 12 offenders are believed to have died as a result of COVID-19. There are now 46 employees and 156 offenders who have medically recovered.

There are an additional 14 deaths that are under investigation and pending preliminary autopsy results. 2 other deaths that had been under investigation have been determined to be non-COVID-19 related after the return of preliminary autopsy reports. 19,598 offenders are on medical restriction because they may have had contact with either an employee or offender with a positive or pending COVID-19 test.

PRECAUTIONARY LOCKDOWN FACILITIES: 41,301 offenders impacted

Baten, Beto, Byrd, Clemens, Clements, Eastham, Ellis, Estelle, Fort Stockton, Garza West, Goree, Gurney, Hughes, Huntsville, Hutchins, Jester 1, Jordan, Leblanc, Lopez, Lynaugh, Michael, Middleton, Murray, Pack, Polunsky, Ramsey, Robertson, Sanchez, Scott, Skyview, Smith, Stiles, Stringfellow, Telford, Terrell, Woodman, Wynne

The precautionary lockdowns extend for 14 days from the date of a positive test. Those dates may be extended to the date of the most recent positive test.




April 29, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

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

53-year-old James Coleman’s death is currently under investigation. Coleman last worked April 26, 2020 at the Middleton Unit in Abilene. On April 27th, he felt ill at home, collapsed and was taken to a local hospital where he was tested for COVID-19. That test did return positive and Officer Coleman passed away yesterday afternoon. He was a 20 year veteran of TDCJ.

“There is no measure of the unexpected loss of someone we hold dear,” said Bryan Collier Executive Director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. “The thoughts and prayers of the TDCJ family are with those close to Officer Coleman. We can only hope that is of some comfort to his friends and family.”

James Coleman




April 28, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice regrets to inform you of the deaths of 2 offenders that are likely connected to the coronavirus.

77-year-old Nathaniel Morgan was pronounced dead at Hospital Galveston where he had been being treated for COVID-19. He had been assigned to the Wynne Unit but was taken to Hospital Galveston suffering from shortness of breath on April 22nd, where he tested positive for COVID-19. He suffered from a number of pre-existing health conditions. Morgan was serving a life sentence out of Tarrant County and died on April 24th, 2020. His family declined to have an autopsy performed, however COVID-19 is believed to have contributed to his death.

Vaughn Harvey also died at Hospital Galveston on April 26th, he was 70 years old. Harvey was serving a life sentence out of Smith County at the Wynne Unit. He went to a local hospital April 22nd, was tested for COVID-19 the same day and then transferred to Hospital Galveston on April 23rd. Harvey died on April 26th. His family also declined an autopsy, but COVID-19 is believed to have contributed to his death.

There are an additional 12 deaths that are under investigation and pending preliminary autopsy results. 2 other deaths that had been under investigation have been determined to be non-COVID-19 related after the return of preliminary autopsy reports.

In total there are 350 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 950 offenders who have tested positive. There are now 46 employees and 156 offenders who have medically recovered from COVID-19.

17,953 offenders are on medical restriction because they may have had contact with either an employee or offender with a positive or pending COVID-19 test.

PRECAUTIONARY LOCKDOWN 37,684 offenders impacted.

Baten, Beto, Byrd, Carole Young, Clemens, Clements, Eastham, Ellis, Estelle, Fort Stockton, Garza West, Goree, Gurney, Hughes, Huntsville, Hutchins, Jester 1, Jordan, Leblanc, Lopez, Lynaugh, Michael, Middleton, Murray, Pack, Ramsey, Robertson, Sanchez, Scott, Skyview, Smith, Stiles, Stringfellow, Telford, Terrell, Woodman, Wynne

The precautionary lockdowns extend for 14 days from the date of a positive test. Those dates may be extended to the date of the most recent positive test.




April 27, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

In total there are 325 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 909 offenders who have tested positive. 4 employees and 10 offenders are believed to have died as a result of COVID-19. There are now 34 employees and 97 offenders who have medically recovered. There are an additional 12 deaths that are under investigation and pending preliminary autopsy results. 2 other deaths that had been under investigation have been determined to be non-COVID-19 related after the return of preliminary autopsy reports.

17,648 offenders are on medical restriction because they may have had contact with either an employee or offender with a positive or pending COVID-19 test.

PRECAUTIONARY LOCKDOWN FACILITIES: 39,313 offenders impacted

Baten, Beto, Byrd, Carole Young, Clemens, Clements, Eastham, Ellis, Estelle, Fort Stockton, Garza West, Goree, Gurney, Hughes, Huntsville, Hutchins, Jester 1, Jordan, Leblanc, Lopez, Lynaugh, Michael, Middleton, Murray, Pack, Ramsey, Robertson, Sanchez, Scott, Skyview, Smith, Stiles, Stringfellow, Telford, Terrell, Woodman, Wynne

The precautionary lockdowns extend for 14 days from the date of a positive test. Those dates may be extended to the date of the most recent positive test.




April 27, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is saddened to announce the death of an employee that may be connected to the COVID-19 virus.

65-year-old Coy D. Coffman Jr’s death is currently under investigation. Coffman was a nine-year veteran Correctional Officer who last worked April 5, 2020 at the Telford Unit in New Boston. On April 14, 2020 he began suffering symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and was tested the next day. On April 17th, he was admitted to a local hospital in Texarkana due to possible complications from COVID-19. Coffman’s test returned positive on April 19th. Several days later his condition began deteriorating and sadly Coffman passed away yesterday evening.

“The COVID-19 virus has changed our state and our agency forever, but no one can imagine the impact to the Coffman family who has lost someone so close,” said Bryan Collier Executive Director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. “The thoughts and prayers of the TDCJ family are with those close to Officer Coffman. He died in the service of all Texans.”




April 25, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice regrets to inform you of the deaths of 2 offenders that are likely connected to the coronavirus.

63-year-old Timothy Bazrowx was pronounced dead at Hospital Galveston where he had been being treated for COVID-19. He had been assigned to the Wynne Unit but was taken to Hospital Galveston suffering from shortness of breath on April 17th where he tested positive for COVID-19. He suffered from a number of pre-existing health conditions. Bazrowx was serving a 20 year sentence for Aggravated Sexual Assault out of Ellis County and died on April 23, 2020. His family declined to have an autopsy performed, however COVID-19 is believed to have contributed to his death.

Harold Dean Wilson also died at Hospital Galveston on April 23rd, he was 65 years old. Wilson was serving a 20 year sentence for Possession of Child Pornography out of Randall County at the Terrell Unit. He was transferred to Hospital Galveston on April 18th and tested positive for COVID-19 the next day. Wilson’s family also declined an autopsy but COVID-19 is believed to contributed to his death.

There are an additional 8 deaths that are under investigation and pending preliminary autopsy results. 2 other deaths that had been under investigation have been determined to be non-COVID-19 related after the return of preliminary autopsy reports.

In total there are 294 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 806 offenders who have tested positive. There are now 20 employees and 47 offenders who have medically recovered from COVID-19.

18,072 offenders are on medical restriction because they may have had contact with either an employee or offender with a positive or pending COVID-19 test.

PRECAUTIONARY LOCKDOWN 42,675 offenders impacted




April 24, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice regrets to inform you of the death an offender that is likely connected to the coronavirus.

79-year-old Thomas Rodriguez was pronounced dead at Hospital Galveston where he had been being treated for COVID-19. He had been assigned to the Wynne Unit but was taken to Huntsville Memorial Hospital suffering from shortness of breath on April 19th later that day he was transported to Hospital Galveston where he tested positive for COVID-19. He suffered from a number of pre-existing health conditions. Rodriguez was serving a life sentence for aggravated kidnapping out of Harris County and died on April 23, 2020. His family declined to have an autopsy performed, however COVID-19 is believed to have contributed to his death.

There are an additional 7 deaths that are under investigation and pending preliminary autopsy results. 2 other deaths that had been under investigation have been determined to be non-COVID-19 related after the return of preliminary autopsy reports.

In total there are 274 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 752 offenders who have tested positive. There are now 18 employees and 47 offenders who have medically recovered from COVID-19.

17,583 offenders are on medical restriction because they may have had contact with either an employee or offender with a positive or pending COVID-19 test.

PRECAUTIONARY LOCKDOWN FACILITIES: 43,404 offenders impacted

Baten, Bell, Beto, Byrd, Carole Young, Clemens, Clements, Crain, Eastham, Ellis, Estelle, Fort Stockton, Garza West, Gist, Goree, Gurney, Hughes, Huntsville, Hutchins, Jester 1, Jester 3, Jester 4, Jordan, Leblanc, Lopez, Lynaugh, Michael, Middleton, Murray, Pack, Ramsey, Robertson, Sanchez, Scott, Skyview, Smith, Stiles, Stringfellow, Telford, Terrell, Woodman, Wynne

The precautionary lockdowns extend for 14 days from the date of a positive test. Those dates may be extended to the date of the most recent positive test.




April 23, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice regrets to inform you of the deaths of 2 offenders that are likely connected to the coronavirus.

79-year-old Robert Hohn was pronounced dead at Hospital Galveston where he had been being treated for COVID-19. He had been assigned to the Telford Unit but was transferred to a local hospital on April 14th where he tested positive for COVID-19. He suffered from a number of pre-existing health conditions. Hohn was serving a 50-year sentence for aggravated sexual assault of a child out of Liberty County and died on April 22, 2020. His family declined to have an autopsy performed, however COVID-19 is believed to have contributed to his death.

65-year-old James Lorke was taken from the Wynne Unit and life flighted to Hospital Galveston on April 16th suffering from symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Lorke tested positive for COVID-19. Lorke had served 28 years of a 99 year sentence for murder after being convicted in 1990 in Bexar County. He died on April 21th and his family declined to have an autopsy performed, however COVID-19 is believed to have contributed to his death.

There are an additional 6 deaths that are under investigation and pending preliminary autopsy results. 2 other deaths that had been under investigation have been determined to be non-COVID-19 related after the return of preliminary autopsy reports.

In total there are 265 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 693 offenders who have tested positive. There are now 15 employees and 47 offenders who have medically recovered from COVID-19.

17,295 offenders are on medical restriction because they may have had contact with either an employee or offender with a positive or pending COVID-19 test.

PRECAUTIONARY LOCKDOWN FACILITIES: 45,210 offenders impacted

Baten, Bell, Beto, Byrd, Carole Young, Clements, Crain, Darrington, Eastham, Ellis, Estelle, Fort Stockton, Garza West, Gist, Goree, Gurney, Hodge, Hughes, Hutchins, Jester 1, Jordan, Leblanc, Lopez, Lynaugh, Michael, Middleton, Murray, Pack, Ramsey, Robertson, Sanchez, Scott, Skyview, Smith, Stiles, Stringfellow, Telford, Terrell, Woodman, Wynne

The precautionary lockdowns extend for 14 days from the date of a positive test. Those dates may be extended to the date of the most recent positive test.




April 23, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is mourning the loss of a long-time agency leader that may be related to the COVID-19 virus.

Chaplain Akbar Shabazz fell ill on April 3, 2020 with symptoms of COVID-19. After a nearly three weeklong fight, Shabazz passed away early this morning at Methodist Hospital in The Woodlands. He was 70 years old and had tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month. Mr. Shabazz began his more than 40 years of service as a TDCJ volunteer and joined the agency as an employee in September of 1977. His formal title was Regional Area Muslim Chaplain in that role, he coordinated Taleem classes, Jum'mah services and led the coordination of yearly Ramadan observances.

“Chaplain Shabazz was a part of the foundation of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice,” said Bryan Collier TDCJ Executive Director. “His dedication to his faith, his family, and this agency will not ever be forgotten. I considered him a personal friend and this loss to all is heavy. We can only hope that the thoughts and prayers of the TDCJ family help to lighten the burden.”

Mr. Shabazz will be deeply missed for his leadership, his knowledge and his endless willingness to help anywhere he was needed.




April 22, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice regrets to inform you of the deaths of 2 offenders that are likely connected to the coronavirus.

68-year-old James Nealy was found unresponsive in his cell at the Wynne Unit on April 15th, 2020. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Nealy, who was serving a 99-year sentence for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon out of Bell County, had not shown any symptoms for COVID-19 and had not been tested. As a part of the autopsy for in-custody death investigations, Nealy was tested for COVID-19 and was found to be positive. The preliminary autopsy results suggest the provisional cause of death is COVID-19. Nealy is the fourth offender who has a preliminary cause of death of COVID-19.

84-year-old Willie Eanes was taken from the Telford Unit to UT Tyler Medical Center on April 14th suffering from symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Eanes suffered from a number of pre-existing medical conditions and tested positive for COVID-19 on April 15th. Eanes, who was serving a 45-year sentence for murder out of Tarrant County, died on April 20th and his family declined to have an autopsy performed, however COVID-19 is believed to have contributed to his death..

There are an additional 6 deaths that are under investigation and pending preliminary autopsy results. 2 other deaths that had been under investigation have been determined to be non-COVID-19 related after the return of preliminary autopsy reports.

In total there are 252 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 594 offenders who have tested positive. There are now 12 employees and 47 offenders who have medically recovered from COVID-19.

16,049 offenders are on medical restriction because they may have had contact with either an employee or offender with a positive or pending COVID-19 test.

PRECAUTIONARY LOCKDOWN FACILITIES: 45,271 offenders impacted

Baten, Bell, Beto, Byrd, Carole Young, Clements, Crain, Darrington, Eastham, Ellis, Estelle, Fort Stockton, Garza West, Gist, Goree, Gurney, Hughes, Hutchins, Jester 4, Jordan, Leblanc, Lopez, Michael, Middleton, Murray, Pack, Ramsey, Robertson, Sanchez, Scott, Smith, Stiles, Stringfellow, Telford, Terrell, Woodman, Wynne

The precautionary lockdowns extend for 14 days from the date of a positive test. Those dates may be extended to the date of the most recent positive test.




April 21, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is saddened to learn of the death of an employee that may be related to the COVID-19 virus.

52-year-old Jonathon Keith Goodman died this afternoon at Baptist St. Anthony’s Hospital in Amarillo after being removed from life support. Goodman was an 11-year veteran Correctional Officer who worked at the Bill Clements Unit in Amarillo. Last Friday, April 17th he was found in his home after suffering from an apparent stroke. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Saturday a COVID-19 test returned positive. It is believed the virus contributed to his death.

“All of the thoughts and prayers of the entire Texas Department of Criminal Justice go out to the Goodman family,“ Said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “The unexpected loss of one who is loved so deeply is a tragic time and the TDCJ family sends its strength and extends its profound sympathy to the Goodman family to get through this difficult time.”

Goodman was last at work on April 15, 2020. His wife Kimberly Pride-Goodman is also employed by TDCJ. There are eight additional positive employee COVID-19 cases associated with the Clements Unit at this time. There are also 4 offender positive cases.

Jonathan Keith Goodman




April 21, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

Today there are 230 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 557 offenders who have tested positive.

There are an additional 15,032 offenders on medical restriction who may have had contact with either an employee or offender with a positive or pending COVID-19 test.

PRECAUTIONARY LOCKDOWN FACILITIES: 44,955 offenders impacted

Baten, Bell, Beto, Boyd, Byrd, Carole Young, Clements, Crain, Darrington, Eastham, Ellis, Estelle, Fort Stockton, Garza West, Gist, Goree, Gurney, Hughes, Huntsville, Hutchins, Jester 1, Jester 4, Jordan, Leblanc, Lopez, Michael, Middleton, Murray, Pack, Robertson, Sanchez, Scott, Smith, Stiles, Stringfellow, Ramsey, Telford, Terrell, Woodman, Wynne

The precautionary lockdowns extend for 14 days from the date of a positive test. Those dates may be extended to the date of the most recent positive test.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) has changed how we are reporting numbers on our website. The numbers reflect the current locations of pending, negative and positive cases among offenders. There are also added categories for recovered offenders, deaths and released.




April 20, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

Today there are 215 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 468 offenders who have tested positive.

There are an additional 15,218 offenders on medical restriction who may have had contact with either an employee or offender with a positive or pending COVID-19 test.

PRECAUTIONARY LOCKDOWN FACILITIES: 42,551 offenders impacted

Baten, Bell, Beto, Boyd, Byrd, Carole Young, Clements, Crain, Darrington, Eastham, Ellis, Estelle, Fort Stockton, Garza West, Gist, Goree, Gurney, Hughes, Huntsville, Hutchins, Jester 4, Leblanc, Lopez, Middleton, Murray, Pack, Robertson, Sanchez, Scott, Smith, Stiles, Stringfellow, Telford, Terrell, Woodman, Wynne

The precautionary lockdowns extend for 14 days from the date of a positive test. Those dates may be extended to the date of the most recent positive test.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) has changed how we are reporting numbers on our website. The numbers reflect the current locations of pending, negative and positive cases among offenders. There are also added categories for recovered offenders, deaths and released.




April 18, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

Today 15 offenders in custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice have been added to the recovered from COVID-19 category. That is a significant increase putting the total recovered offenders at 18.

There was also noticeable drop in the number of new positive cases in offenders today with 18. There are now a total of 376 offenders who have tested positive for COVID-19. There are also 183 employees who have tested positive.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) has changed how we are reporting numbers on our website. The numbers reflect the current locations of pending, negative and positive cases among offenders. We have also added categories for recovered offenders, deaths and released.




April 17, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is changing how we are reporting numbers on our website. As of today, the numbers reflect the current locations of pending, negative and positive cases among offenders. We have also added categories for recovered offenders, deaths and released.

Today there are 175 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 358 offenders who have tested positive.

PRECAUTIONARY LOCKDOWN FACILITIES: 34,994 offenders impacted

Baten, Bell, Beto, Byrd, Carole Young, Clements, Crain, Darrington, ETTF, Estelle, Fort Stockton, Goree, Gurney, Hughes, Hutchins, Jester 4, Leblanc, Lopez, Murray, Pack, Robertson, Sanchez, Scott, Smith, Stiles, Stringfellow, Telford, Terrell, Woodman, Wynne

The precautionary lockdowns extend for 14 days from the date of a positive test. Those dates may be extended to the date of the most recent positive test.

There are an additional 12,914 offenders on medical restriction who may have had contact with either and employee or offender with a positive or pending COVID-19 test.

Offenders that are under medical restriction are asymptomatic but will continue to receive twice daily temperature testing and anyone interacting with those offenders will wear N-95 mask and glove PPE.

All correctional staff at all facilities continue to wear cotton masks at all times and are encouraged to wear those masks when in public off duty.




April 16, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) continues to monitor and take necessary precautions to prevent and mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

Today there are 158 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 327 Offenders who have tested positive.

PRECAUTIONARY LOCKDOWN FACILITIES: 29,604 offenders impacted

Baten, Bell, Beto, Byrd, Carole Young, Clements, Crain, Darrington, ETTF, Estelle, Fort Stockton, Goree, Hutchins, Leblanc, Lopez, Murray, Pack, Robertson, Sanchez, Scott, Smith, Stiles, Stringfellow, Telford, Terrell, Woodman, Wynne

The precautionary lockdowns extend for 14 days from the date of a positive test. Those dates may be extended to the date of the most recent positive test.

There are an additional 11,812 offenders on medical restriction who may have had contact with either and employee or offender with a positive or pending COVID-19 test.

Offenders that are under medical restriction are asymptomatic but will continue to receive twice daily temperature testing and anyone interacting with those offenders will wear N-95 mask and glove PPE.

All correctional staff at all facilities continue to wear cotton masks at all times and are encouraged to wear those masks when in public off duty.




April 15, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is saddened to learn of the death of an offender that may be related to the COVID-19 virus.

On April 9, 2020, 60-year-old offender Johnny Davis was transported from the Telford Unit in New Boston to a local hospital for treatment. A test for COVID-19 revealed he was positive for the virus. On April 11th, Davis was transferred from Texarkana to Hospital Galveston. On Tuesday, April 14, 2020, Davis, who had pre-existing medical conditions, was pronounced deceased by hospital staff. Davis’ family declined to have an autopsy performed, however COVID-19 is believed to have caused his death. Davis was serving a 10 year sentence for obstruction/retaliation out of Hunt County. He began his sentence in October 2016.

48 offenders and 13 employees at the Telford Unit have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time.

In all there have been 138 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors and 284 offenders in custody who have tested positive for COVID-19.




April 14, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is saddened to learn of the death of an offender that may be related to the COVID-19 virus.

An offender death from the Pack Unit in Navasota is under investigation to determine if it is connected to COVID-19. Early Saturday morning April 11, 2020, 62-year-old Leonard Clerkly had difficulty breathing and was transported by EMS to Grimes County Hospital where life saving measures continued. Clerkly was pronounced dead at 5:25 a.m. Preliminary autopsy results suggest a preliminary cause of death of viral pneumonia due to COVID-19 with other contributing factors. Like all in-custody deaths, this death is under investigation, and the cause of death is pending final autopsy results. Clerkly had served 5 years, 7 months and 11 days of a life sentence for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child under 14 out of Tarrant County.

No other offenders or staff at the Pack Unit have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time.

In all there have been 97 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors and 236 offenders in custody who have tested positive for COVID-19.

A complete list of data is available at www.tdcj.texas.gov/covid-19/mac_dashboard.html.




April 13, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) continues to monitor and take necessary precautions to prevent and mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

Today there are 85 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 193 Offenders who have tested positive.

Two additional facilities were placed on precautionary lockdown today the Lopez and Sanchez Units.

PRECAUTIONARY LOCKDOWN FACILITIES: 26,572 offenders impacted

Bell, Beto, Byrd, Clements, Darrington, ETTF, Estelle, Goree, Hutchins, Jordan, Leblanc, Lopez, Murray, Robertson, Sanchez, Scott, Smith, Stringfellow, Telford, Terrell, Woodman, Wynne

The precautionary lockdowns extend for 14 days from the date of a positive test. Those dates may be extended to the date of the most recent positive test.

There are an additional 11,283 offenders on medical restriction who may have had contact with either and employee or offender with a positive or pending COVID-19 test.

Offenders that are under medical restriction are asymptomatic but will continue to receive twice daily temperature testing and anyone interacting with those offenders will wear N-95 mask and glove PPE.

All correctional staff at all facilities continue to wear cotton masks at all times and are encouraged to wear those masks when in public off duty.




April 11, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) continues to monitor and take necessary precautions to prevent and mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

There have been 72 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors and 167 offenders in custody who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Two additional facilities were placed on precautionary lockdown today the Scott and Terrell Units. An additional work location employee positive test was added at the Leblanc Unit.

PRECAUTIONARY LOCKDOWN FACILITIES: 26,073 offenders impacted

Bell, Beto, Byrd, Clements, Darrington, ETTF, Estelle, Goree, Hutchins, Jordan, Leblanc, Murray, Robertson, Scott, Smith, Stringfellow, Telford, Terrell, Woodman, Wynne

The precautionary lockdowns extend for 14 days from the date of a positive test. Those dates may be extended to the date of the most recent positive test.

There are an additional 10,651 offenders on medical restriction who may have had contact with either and employee or offender with a positive or pending COVID-19 test.

Offenders that are under medical restriction are asymptomatic but will continue to receive twice daily temperature testing and anyone interacting with those offenders will wear N-95 mask and glove PPE.

All correctional staff at all facilities continue to wear cotton masks at all times and are encouraged to wear those masks when in public off duty.




April 10, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

There are 18 facilities on precautionary lockdown due to a positive offender or employee COVID-19 test impacting 20,970 offenders.

FACILITIES: Bell, Beto, Byrd, Clements, Darrington, ETTF, Estelle, Goree, Hutchins, Jordan, Leblanc, Murray, Robertson, Smith, Stringfellow, Telford, Woodman, Wynne

The precautionary lockdowns extend for 14 days from the date of a positive test. Those dates may be extended to the date of the most recent positive test.

There are an additional 8,014 offenders on medical restriction who may have had contact with either and employee or offender with a positive or pending COVID-19 test.

Offenders that are under medical restriction are asymptomatic but will continue to receive twice daily temperature testing and anyone interacting with those offenders will wear N-95 mask and glove PPE.

All correctional staff at all facilities continue to wear cotton masks at all times and are encouraged to wear those masks when in public off duty.

There have been 69 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors and 132 offenders in custody who have tested positive for COVID-19.

A complete list of data is available at www.tdcj.texas.gov/covid-19/mac_dashboard.html.




April 9, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

Beginning tomorrow TDCJ’s Health Services Division’s Patient Liaison Program and our Correctional Managed Healthcare partners at the University of Texas Medical Branch and Texas Tech University Health Science Center will be staffing 3 hotlines to address inquiries related to COVID-19.

2 of these numbers are for offender family members only to get clinical updates of offenders under the universities care. Any release of information is contingent on the offender signing a release of information (ROI) for a designated family member. These numbers will operate from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. That allows nursing staff to have the most updated patient information.

UTMB Hotline: (409) 747-2727
TTUHSC Hotline: (806) 743-3285

The TDCJ Patient Liaison Program will also operate a COVID-19 hotline for third parties such as State leadership offices, advocacy groups, and others including attorneys and government agencies. This line will operate from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.

TDCJ Patient Liaison Hotline: (936) 437-3534

There are 15 facilities on precautionary lockdown due to a positive offender or employee COVID-19 test.

FACILITIES: Beto, Clements, Darrington, East Texas Treatment Facility, Estelle, Goree, Jordan, Murray, Ramsey, Robertson, Smith, Stringfellow, Telford, Woodman, Wynne.

Only staff that are assigned to those facilities will be allowed on the facilities. The medical lockdowns extend for 14 days from the date of the positive test. Those dates may be extended to the date of the most recent positive test.

Offenders that are under medical restriction will continue to receive twice daily temperature testing and anyone interacting with those offenders will wear N-95 mask and glove PPE.

All correctional staff at all facilities continue to wear cotton masks at all times and are encouraged to wear those masks when in public off duty.

Today there have been reported 11 new employee/contractor tests and 23 positive offender tests.

In all there have been 62 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors and 70 offenders in custody who have tested positive for COVID-19.




April 8, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

Effective immediately any facility that has a positive offender or employee/staff COVID-19 test will be placed on lockdown. That includes 15 facilities today.

Only staff that are assigned to those facilities will be allowed on the facilities. The medical lockdowns extend for 14 days from the date of the positive test. Those dates may be extended to the date of the most recent positive test.

Offenders that are under medical restriction will continue to receive twice daily temperature testing and anyone interacting with those offenders will wear N-95 mask and glove PPE.

All correctional staff at all facilities continue to wear cotton masks at all times and are encouraged to wear those masks when in public off duty.

Facilities: Beto, Clements, Darrington, East Texas Treatment Facility, Ellis, Estelle, Goree, Henley, Holliday, Jordan, Murray, Ramsey, Robertson, Smith, Stringfellow, Telford, Woodman, Wynne

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is saddened to learn of the death of an offender that may be related to the COVID-19 virus.

An offender death from the Telford Unit in New Boston is under investigation to determine if it is connected to COVID-19. 72-year-old Bartolo Infante was in medical isolation at a community hospital in Texarkana. Infante suffered from a number of pre-existing medical conditions and was hospitalized for viral pneumonia when he tested positive for COVID-19 on April 3rd. He passed away yesterday. Like all in-custody deaths it is being investigated and the formal cause of death is pending an autopsy.

At this time, there are four employees at the Telford Unit who have tested positive and are in self-quarantine, and seven confirmed offender cases who are in medical isolation. The facility has been placed on full medical restriction.

Today there have been reported 15 new employee/contractor tests and 19 positive offender tests.

In all there have been 56 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors and 47 offenders in custody who have tested positive for COVID-19.




April 8, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is saddened to learn of the death of an offender that may be related to the COVID-19 virus.

An offender death from the Telford Unit in New Boston is under investigation to determine if it is connected to COVID-19. 72-year-old Bartolo Infante was in medical isolation at a community hospital in Texarkana. Infante suffered from a number of pre-existing medical conditions and was hospitalized for viral pneumonia when he tested positive for COVID-19 on April 3rd. He passed away yesterday. Like all in-custody deaths it is being investigated and the formal cause of death is pending an autopsy.

At this time, there are four employees at the Telford Unit who have tested positive and are in self-quarantine, and seven confirmed offender cases who are in medical isolation. The facility has been placed on full medical restriction.

In all there have been 36 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors and 28 offenders in custody who have tested positive for COVID-19.

A complete list of data is available at www.tdcj.texas.gov/covid-19/mac_dashboard.html.

Offenders in medical restriction are locked down and are being issued cotton masks. TDCJ staff and employees at facilities are provided with and required to wear cotton masks as are parole officers in the field. Where appropriate, staff are issued Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). As TDCJ learns of new positive tests, contact investigations are being conducted to determine which individuals may have been exposed to the virus.




April 7, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is saddened to learn of the death of an employee that may be related to the COVID-19 virus.

49-year-old Kelvin Wilcher’s death is currently under investigation. Wilcher was a Correctional Officer who last worked March 31st at the Estelle Unit in Huntsville. On April 1st he went to a Houston hospital and suffered a cardiac event, later in intensive care he was tested for COVID-19 and on April 4th that test returned positive. Wilcher died April 6, 2020. It is under investigation if the virus contributed to his death.

“The thoughts and prayers of the entire Texas Department of Criminal Justice are with the Wilcher family,” Said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “To lose a loved one unexpectedly is a tragic experience for anyone and the TDCJ family extends its sympathy and sends strength to get through this difficult time.”

There are no other positive cases associated with the Estelle Unit at this time. There are 358 offenders currently on medical restriction at that facility.




April 6, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is constantly receiving updated information regarding testing and results of offenders, agency and contract employees as well as medical partners. Today there have been four new cases confirmed including three employee/contractors and one offender.

In all there have been 28 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors and 19 offenders in custody who have tested positive for COVID-19.

For a complete list of data please visit www.tdcj.texas.gov/covid-19/mac_dashboard.html.

Offenders in medical restriction and medical isolation are locked down and have been issued cotton masks. TDCJ staff and employees on prison units are all provided with and required to wear cotton masks as are parole officers in the field. As TDCJ learns of new positive tests, contact investigations are being conducted to determine which individuals may have been exposed to the virus.

The agency is taking appropriate action to mitigate the potential exposure to others including following the Centers for Disease Control guidelines for management of COVID-19 in correctional facilities.




April 5, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice continues to analyze the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic and the guidance provided by health professionals including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Starting today, the agency is distributing cotton masks manufactured by TDCJ to all staff. Those masks will be required for all personnel working at prison units and optional for those in administrative settings and parole officers in the field.

According to the CDC and the surgeon general of the US, these masks are not intended to be a replacement for six foot social distancing but a supplement to those guidelines. Cotton masks do not protect the wearer from the virus but they can help stop the spread of the virus by the wearer.

An initial distribution of 50,000 masks that have been produced in TDCJ garment factories are in use now. Ten prison unit factories are working seven days a week now producing up to 20,000 additional masks a day.

The new guidelines will continue for at least the next several weeks or until no longer recommended by health professionals. Temperature screening of all persons entering prison units and many offices will continue with anyone with a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher being sent home to self quarantine.

TDCJ also continues to receive results of COVID-19 testing in employees, contractors and the offender population. The agency is now routing all testing through our Correctional Managed Healthcare Partner, The University of Texas Medical Branch. That is resulting in much faster turn around times of tests as well as a higher degree of accuracy. As of today, there are new positive tests in 14 offenders and 5 staff or employees.

25 total staff/employee/contractor tests.

18 total positive offender tests by unit:

  • Beto - 6
  • Goree - 2
  • Jordan - 1
  • Lychner State Jail - 1
  • Murray - 4
  • Stringfellow - 2
  • Woodman State Jail - 2

As a result of these cases and other possible contact investigations, there are approximately 3,700 asymptomatic offenders in medical restriction and 51 offenders in medical isolation with positive or pending COVID-19 tests.

Offenders in medical restriction are also being issued the cotton masks to protect others from possible virus infection. Also as of today medical restriction offenders are fully locked down instead of being restricted to their housing unit.

For the most current information please visit www.tdcj.texas.gov or our social media channels.




April 4, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation. Testing of both employees and offenders is ongoing.

As of this evening there are now 20 positive cases in TDCJ employees and contractors. There are an additional 6 cases in the offender population and 1 case in a parole client living at a transitional center facility. New cases are as follows:

  • A 22 year old Correctional Officer at the Woodman State Jail has tested positive for COVID-19. The officer is now in self-quarantine.

  • A Nurse employed by medical partner Texas Tech has tested positive. The 56 year old works at the Smith Unit and is now in self-quarantine.

  • A 54 year old offender at the Goree unit has tested positive for COVID-19. The offender had been in medical restriction due to his exposure to a confirmed case.

  • An offender at the Lane Murray Unit has tested positive. The 37 year old offender is now in medical isolation.

There are currently 41 offenders in Medical Isolation across the system who have positive or pending tests.

TDCJ continues to remind everyone to follow all guidelines for social distancing and hand hygiene at all times on the job and off.




April 3, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is constantly receiving updated information regarding testing and results of offenders, agency and contract employees as well as medical partners. Today there have been five new cases confirmed four employee/contractors and one offender.

  • A Correctional Officer at the Wynne Unit in Huntsville has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The 41-year-old worked at the facility on Thursday March 26, 2020. The officer was tested on April 2, 2020 and is at home in good condition in self-quarantine.

  • A 51 year old maintenance supervisor working at the Robertson Unit who was tested on March 31, 2020 has now tested positive. The employee was last at work Monday, March 30, 2020, and is recovering in self-quarantine at home.

  • A Nurse employed by Texas Tech assigned to the Smith Unit in Lamesa has tested positive for COVID-19. The 56-year-old last worked Sunday, March 29, 2020, was seen by a doctor and tested the same day. The nurse is recovering in self-quarantine at home.

  • A Substance Abuse counselor employed by Management and Training Corporation (MTC) working at the Jester Complex in Richmond has tested positive. This is the third positive test in a counselor at Jester. The 61 year old employee was tested by a physician on Monday, March 30, 2020 and remains in self-quarantine.

  • An offender at the Woodman State Jail in Gatesville has tested positive for COVID-19. The offender was suffering from shortness of breath yesterday (April 2, 2020) and was taken to an outside hospital. The offender placed in medical isolation and was tested at the hospital. The test returned positive.

In all there have been 18 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors and 4 offenders in custody who have tested positive for COVID-19.

The agency is taking appropriate action to mitigate the potential exposure to others including following the Centers for Disease Control guidelines for management of COVID-19 in correctional facilities.

As TDCJ learns of new positive tests, contact investigations are being conducted to determine which individuals may have been exposed to the virus.




April 2, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

More than 36,000 Texas Department of Criminal Justice employees, contractors, and staff are still hard at work through this crisis. They embody our mission. Courage, Commitment, Integrity, Perseverance.

The message is simple. Thank you. Today and everyday.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is reminding all our employees, staff, and contractors of the importance of following all recommended social distancing measures especially outside of the workplace. As an essential state function many employees are still reporting to work and are screened before entry. Everyone is urged to continue to maintain strong workplace disinfecting and personal hygiene practices inside the workplace and out.

There are no additional cases to report today. In all there are 13 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors and 3 offenders in custody who have tested positive for COVID-19.




April 1, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is constantly receiving updated information regarding testing and results of offenders, agency and contract employees as well as medical partners. Today there have been four new cases confirmed Three employees and one offender.

  • A Correctional Officer at the Jordan Unit in Pampa has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The 34-year-old worked at the facility on Friday March 27, 2020 and was sent home after entry screening showed a 101.2 temperature. The officer was seen by a doctor and tested on March 28th. The officer is at home in good condition in self-quarantine.

  • A Correctional Officer at the Stringfellow Unit in Rosharon has tested positive for COVID-19. The 52-year-old last worked Thursday March 19, 2020. The officer was admitted to a hospital and tested on March 20, 2020. The officer has been discharged from the hospital and is recovering in self-quarantine at home.

  • A Laundry Supervisor at the Murray Unit in Gatesville has tested positive. The employee was tested by a physician on Monday, March 30, 2020 and remains in self-quarantine.

  • An offender at the Stringfellow Unit has tested positive for COVID-19. The offender was taken to an outside hospital yesterday suffering from respiratory distress. The offender was tested at the hospital and placed in medical isolation. The test returned positive today and the offender remains hospitalized in good condition.

In all there have been 13 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors and three offenders in custody who have tested positive for COVID-19.

The agency is taking appropriate action to mitigate the potential exposure to others including following the Centers for Disease Control guidelines for management of COVID-19 in correctional facilities. As TDCJ learns of new positive tests, contact investigations are being conducted to determine which individuals may have been exposed to the virus.




March 31, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is constantly receiving updated information regarding testing and results of offenders, agency and contract employees as well as medical partners. The agency is taking appropriate action to mitigate the potential exposure to others. There are no new positive cases and two total in TDCJ offenders.

  • A Correctional Officer at the Henley State Jail in Dayton has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The 61-year-old worked at the facility on Sunday March 22, 2020. The officer is at home in good condition in self-quarantine.

  • A Parole Unit Supervisor working in the Houston Parole Office has tested positive for COVID-19. The 43-year-old Sugarland resident was last in the office on Friday March 20, 2020. The officer is in self-quarantine and is recovering.

  • A Physician employed by the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) has tested positive. The doctor was last at work on Monday, March 16, 2020 at the Skyview Unit. This person is not believed to have had any contact which would impact TDCJ.

The agency is following the Centers for Disease Control guidelines for management of COVID-19 in correctional facilities. As TDCJ learns of new positive tests, contact investigations are being conducted to determine which individuals may have been exposed to the virus.

Medical restriction and medical isolation are two ways that TCDJ is managing the potential of COVID-19 in the prison population. Dr. Lannette Linthicum is the Director of the TDCJ Health Services Division. In this Q & A she explains how the protocol which is based on CDC guidelines works.




March 30, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is constantly receiving updated information regarding testing and results of offenders, agency and contract employees as well as medical partners. The agency is taking appropriate action to mitigate the potential exposure to others.

  • An offender at the Goree Unit in Huntsville has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The 36-year-old went to Huntsville Memorial Hospital on March 12th for an unrelated ailment and returned to Goree on March 20th. On March 27th the offender started feeling ill with COVID-19 type symptoms and was placed in medical isolation. The test happened Saturday March 28 and came back positive today. The offender remains in medical isolation and is in good condition.

  • Two employees of the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole have tested positive for COVID-19. Other employees at the Huntsville Institutional Parole Office of the BPP are in at home self-quarantine. That office is not on a prison unit. In total there are now seven staff/contractors/state employees who are connected to TDCJ that have tested positive.

TDCJ is following the Centers for Disease Control guidelines for management of COVID-19 in correctional facilities. As the agency learns of new positive tests, contact investigations are being conducted to determine which individuals may have been exposed to the virus.




March 28, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) continues to receive information regarding test results of offenders, agency and contract employees and medical partners. As these results are received and confirmed, the agency is taking appropriate action to mitigate the potential exposure to others.

  • A UTMB medical technician who works at Hospital Galveston has tested positive for COVID-19 virus. The individual has not been at work since March 21st.

  • A contract employee of Management and Training Corporation (MTC) who works at the Jester 1 Unit in Richmond has tested positive. The individual has not been at work since March 19th.

  • A correctional officer who works at the Segovia Unit in Edinburg has presumptively tested positive. The officer has not been at work since March 20th.

TDCJ is following the Centers for Disease Control guidelines for management of COVID-19 in correctional facilities. As the agency learns of new positive tests, contact investigations are being conducted to determine which individuals may have been exposed to the virus.

For the latest updates, follow us on our webpage https://www.tdcj.texas.gov/covid-19/index.html.




March 27, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

There were no additional cases of COVID-19 reported connected to TDCJ yesterday.

The results of contact investigations into the three TDCJ related positive cases in 1 offender, 1 contractor and one staff member have led to 42 employees in self-isolation at home. There are 29 tests that have been performed on offenders resulting in 1 positive test.

All offenders who have a pending test result or a positive test are in medical isolation. Any medical or correctional staff in extended close contact with those offenders are wearing full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Contact investigations are performed on anyone being tested.

As a result of those contact investigations there are offenders who are now in medical restriction. In those cases offender movements are restricted until the 14 day incubation period of the virus is reached. Temperature checks are performed at least twice a day per TDCJ protocol and CDC guidance. Staff in close contact with those offenders are using mask and glove PPE.




March 25, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

HUNTSVILLE, TX

A Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) unit staff member at the Holliday Unit in Huntsville notified the agency today of a positive test for COVID-19.

The 38-year-old is not a correctional officer, but did have possible contact with others. The agency is now conducting a full contact investigation. The employee left work early on March 19th not feeling well, went to a doctor on March 23rd and was subsequently tested. The results came back today. The employee is in self-quarantine and is in good condition.

Any staff who are found to have been in close contact with the employee will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. The contact investigation extends to offenders as well. Any offender found to have been in close contact with the staff member will be medically restricted.

A contact investigation is also being conducted after a report of a positive case for an offender at the Dallas County Jail. In that case, a 48-year-old offender who was feeling ill was taken to Parkland Hospital in Dallas, and the positive test returned today. Intake from Dallas County has been temporarily suspended until the investigation can be completed, and more information is available regarding the affected area.




March 24, 2020

TDCJ Offender in Hospital Galveston tests positive for COVID-19

HUNTSVILLE, TX

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is treating an offender who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The 37-year-old offender is currently medically isolated and being treated at Hospital Galveston where he has been for 3 days. He came into TDCJ custody on February 27th from Harris County where he had been convicted on two drug possession charges.

In the early morning hours of March 21, 2020, the offender reported he was suffering from shortness of breath and a cough while in custody at the Lychner State Jail. He was immediately evaluated in the medical facility there and transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. After evaluation and treatment, the offender was transferred to Hospital Galveston where he was tested for the COVID-19 virus. Due to the nature of his symptoms and a pre-existing respiratory condition, he was treated following the coronavirus disease 2019 infectious disease protocol. TDCJ is also following the Centers for Disease Control guidelines for management of COVID-19 in Correctional facilities.

Under those protocols medical professionals from our partners at UTMB, are taking precautions including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). The offender is currently in good condition.

Other offenders and staff who may have had contact with the individual who has tested positive are now being medically restricted per disease protocol which includes limiting their movement.

The initial investigation suggests there are no additional symptomatic offenders at the Lychner State Jail. The contact investigation concerning staff is on-going.

“TDCJ is saddened to learn of this positive case in an offender but the agency is well prepared to handle this challenge,” said Bryan Collier TDCJ’s Executive Director. “Our coronavirus protocol was developed exactly for a situation like this. Our prayers are with the offender and his family as he recovers from this illness.”

The mission of TDCJ is to provide public safety, promote positive change in offender behavior, reintegrate offenders into society, and assist the victims of crime. We will continue to meet that mission.




March 23, 2020

Contract Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) has learned of an employee of Management and Training Corporation (MTC) who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The employee is a substance abuse counselor. On March 17, 2020, he passed all unit entry screening and attended a training session with other MTC employees. He also had cell side counseling visits with a limited number of restricted housing offenders at the Jester 1 Unit in Richmond, TX. The employee went home early on the 17th and saw a doctor who issued him a clear to work note.

The employee returned to work on Saturday March 21, 2020, and saw additional offenders in restrictive housing. Offenders were behind a secure door, so there was no physical contact.

The employee did not know he had been tested for COVID-19, but received a call from his doctor Sunday afternoon with results of a positive test and an order to self-quarantine. The TDCJ received the lab results Monday morning.

No one in contact with the counselor are symptomatic at this time. The MTC employees who were in the training session on the 17th are not at work and are in self-quarantine. The offenders who had limited contact with the employee are all restrictive housing offenders who had limited contact through hard cell doors with the counselor.

“TDCJ and our university partners are prepared to treat and manage COVID-19 cases as outlined in the coronavirus disease 2019 infectious disease policy,” said Dr. Lannette Linthicum, TDCJ’s Health Services Director. “Any offenders who had any possible contact with the counselor are being closely monitored by medical staff,” Linthicum continued.

The mission of TDCJ is to provide public safety, promote positive change in offender behavior, reintegrate offenders into society, and assist the victims of crime. We will continue to meet that mission.




March 20, 2020

There are no positive tests for COVID-19 in or connected to any TDCJ facility or individual.

Governor Abbott has approved the temporary suspension of medical co-pay for offenders needing health care services related to COVID-19.

Offender Telephone Services are expanded.

Tornado damage being repaired and power restored.

TDCJ is expanding its testing to continue to keep COVID-19 out of our 104 prison units.

Incoming offenders arriving at our 24 intake facilities are now being screened for fevers. Anyone with a 100.4 temperature or higher will be medically isolated and treated following our contagious disease protocol.

Employees and staff had already been being temperature screened before entry to the units. Anyone with a fever of 100.4 or higher would be denied entrance.

All visitation is still suspended.

The offender family hotline is open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. to assist family and friends who may have questions regarding COVID-19.

1-844-476-1289 (in-state calls only)

1-936-437-4927 (out-of-state calls)




March 17, 2020

TDCJ is expanding its testing to continue to keep COVID-19 out of our 104 prison units.

Incoming offenders arriving at our 24 intake facilities are now being screened for fevers. Anyone with a 100.4 temperature or higher will be medically isolated and treated following our contagious disease protocol.

Employees and staff had already been being temperature screened before entry to the units. Anyone with a fever of 100.4 or higher would be denied entrance.

All visitation is still suspended.

The offender family hotline is open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. to assist family and friends who may have questions regarding COVID-19.

1-844-476-1289 (in-state calls only)

1-936-437-4927 (out-of-state calls)

There are no reported cases or signs of Coronavirus at any TDCJ facilities. TDCJ is actively working to keep COVID-19 out. All visitation has been suspended. We are making changes to employee screenings at prison units starting now.




March 16, 2020

There are no reported cases or signs of Coronavirus at any TDCJ facilities. TDCJ is actively working to keep COVID-19 out. All visitation has been suspended. We are making changes to employee screenings at prison units starting now.




March 11, 2020:  Monitoring and Procedures for COVID-19

There is no indication of the coronavirus within TDCJ facilities or among its employees.


Procedures Implemented in Response to COVID-19
March 11, 2020

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) remains in continuous communication with the Center for Disease Control, the Texas Division of Emergency Management, the Texas Department of State Health Services, and its university healthcare providers to monitor developments associated with the spread of COVID-19. To ensure the health and safety of employees and offenders, the agency is implementing the following steps to prevent and mitigate the spread of the virus:

Travel:

  • Staff should limit any unnecessary domestic traveling.
  • Agency travel should be limited unless it is an absolute necessity.
  • Any international travel must be approved by the employee’s division director, and if approved, the employee may be required to delay their return to work.

Illnesses:

  • If an employee feels ill or is running a fever, they are advised to stay home.
  • If an employee begins to feel ill at work, and they are assigned to an area where the Coronavirus has been confirmed, they will be required to complete the TDCJ COVID-19 Screening.
  • Based on the completion of the Screening, if an employee appears to be ill, they will be sent home and will be required to submit a physician’s note stating the employee is clear of any symptoms of COVID-19 upon returning to work.

Visitation:

  • March 13, 2020:  In accordance with Governor Abbott’s declaration, effective today, the TDCJ will be temporarily suspending visitation at all our facilities (statewide) until further notice. While we understand the value and significance of the visitation process at our facilities, we also understand the importance of providing and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for all involved. For continued updates, please refer to our agency website.

Sanitation:

  • ALL staff are reminded to take proper housekeeping/cleaning steps both in their personal office space as well as their total work environments.
  • Staff are asked to use good hygiene practices, frequently wash hands thoroughly, and refrain from touching their eyes, nose, and mouth.

The agency will continue monitoring the situation for as long as necessary and will provide additional communication if there are any new developments.

Ongoing Monitoring Initiatives:

In addition to the procedures being implemented above, the agency has a confirmed supply of personal protective equipment, and has made arrangements to receive additional protective equipment as needed.

The TDCJ has policies and protocols in place to prevent the spread of all infectious disease.

https://www.tdcj.texas.gov/divisions/cmhc/infection_control_policy_manual.html

Other protocols, as necessary, will include:

  • Temporary suspension of visitation (check the TDCJ webpage prior to visiting)
  • Suspending offender movements
  • Disinfecting visitation areas
  • Regular cleaning of all areas of the unit using a 10% bleach solution






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Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) - News Updates COVID-19
Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) - Texas Case Counts Map
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)- Coronavirus (COVID-19)
CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - World Map
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