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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice


February 2021

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Vickie James

CO IV Vickie James
CO IV Vickie James

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

59-year-old Correctional Officer IV Vickie James had more than 4 years of service with the TDCJ and was assigned to the Choice Moore Unit in Bonham. She last worked at the facility January 11, 2021. She tested positive for COVID-19 on January 14 and was hospitalized in critical condition on January 18, 2021. After spending several weeks in ICU James died on February 10, 2021.

“Like so many in TDCJ, the James family is about service,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “Officer James approached life full of fire with an unmistakable zest for life that could not be missed. She had a genuine joy for life but was tough when she needed to be. The thoughts and prayers of the TDCJ family are with her brother and family.”

“Officer James was a well-respected teammate who really loved her job,” said Patrick Cooper, TDCJ Choice Moore Unit Senior Warden. “In the words of a co-worker, she was a great person and quite a character. A true shift momma. Her respect for all made her a favorite to team with. Officer James will be truly missed by her Choice Moore Unit family.”

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