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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice


January 2021

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Brenda Lafaso

Brenda Lafaso
PO Brenda Lafaso

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

51-year-old Parole Officer Brenda Lafaso had 3 years of service with TDCJ and was assigned to the Beaumont District Parole Office. She tested positive for COVID-19 on November 23, 2020 and was admitted to a Beaumont hospital on November 28, 2020. Officer Lafaso spent several weeks in ICU before passing away in the evening of December 31, 2020. Officer Lafaso leaves behind her husband Randy Roundtree, 2 sons, a daughter and 3 grandchildren.

“Brenda Lafaso was driven to see others success and that was her victory,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “TDCJ is a family and the loss of a member of that family hits hard. Our thoughts and prayers are with her friends and family in their time of grief. Officer Lafaso will always be remembered.”

“It was her genuine care about each and every client that stood out in Brenda Lafaso,” said Parole Division Director Rene Hinojosa. “She supervised the highest-level parole clients and truly wanted nothing more than to see each one succeed. Her measure of success was always their success and she worked each and every day to help them achieve their goals. She was respected and loved and will be missed by all.”

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