COVID-19: Corrections deaths

Tracking the coronavirus-related deaths of U.S. corrections officers and personnel


Originally published December 2020 and will continue to be updated

As we near the end of yet another year of the pandemic, it's important to take a moment to remember all of the correctional officers and staff members we have lost to COVID-19 complications. 

Below is a compilation of the reports, by state, of U.S. corrections personnel who have died of coronavirus-related complications. The links at the top of each section are the most recently reported.

It is our intent to maintain an accurate and up-to-date directory. If we have not included an officer, first please accept our apology and condolences. Second, please send us their name and a link to a news report, department press release or obituary so we can include them and link to additional information.

Note: Not all of these deaths have been confirmed as line-of-duty deaths. Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder shared an update from the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits program as to how COVID-19 deaths will be classified.

alabama

Robertsdale — Robertsdale corrections officer dies from COVID-19 complications

Wetumpka — Ala. prison employee dies from COVID-19

ARIZONA

Kingman — Mohave County detention officer dies from COVID

Avondale — Ariz. corrections officer dies from COVID-19

Eloy — Ariz. senior correctional officer dies from COVID-19

CALIFORNIA

Riverside — Calif. county correctional lieutenant dies from COVID-19 complications

Fresno — Calif. county correctional officer dies of COVID-19

Sonoma County — Calif. county correctional lieutenant dies from COVID-19 

Imperial County — Calif. prison mourns COVID-19 death of correctional officer

San Quentin — San Quentin prison sergeant dies from COVID-19

Chowchilla — Calif. corrections officer dies from COVID-19

Chowchilla — Veteran Calif. CO dies from COVID-19

Delano — Calif. correctional officer dies after contracting COVID-19

Los Angeles — LAPD detention officer dies from COVID-19

Riverside County — 2nd Calif. prison employee dies from COVID-19

Riverside County — Calif. correctional officer dies from COVID-19

Colorado

Denver — Second Denver sheriff's deputy dies from COVID-19 in less than 2 weeks

Denver — LODD: Denver sheriff's deputy dies from COVID-19

connecticut

Enfield — First Conn. correctional officer dies of COVID-19

FLORIDA

Miami-Dade County — Virus wanes in Miami jails but still takes a toll: 3 officers just died of COVID

Tallahassee — Leon County Sheriff’s Office mourning death of correctional deputy

Union County — Union County Sheriff's Office mourns loss of correctional officer to COVID-19

Manatee — 'Deeply saddened': Fla. county jail deputy loses battle with COVID

Fort Myers — Second Lee County deputy dies from COVID-19 complications; Sheriff urges staff vaccinations

Bunnell — Fla. sheriff's office sets up GoFundMe for detention deputy who died of COVID-19

Orlando — Fla. jail officer dies from COVID-19 amid jump in infections

Miami-Dade County — Mourners grieve COVID-19 death of Miami-Dade CO who was father of 3

Miami-Dade County — Miami-Dade corrections officer dies from COVID-19

Okaloosa County — Fla. corrections officer dies from COVID-19

Lake Butler — A 'golden-hearted young man': Another Fla. CO dies from COVID-19

Seminole County — Fla. correctional officer loses battle with COVID-19

Lake Butler — 3rd. Fla. corrections officer dies from COVID-19

Gainesville — Another Fla. corrections officer dies from COVID-19

Malone — Fla. CO, his wife die from COVID-19 one hour apart

Miami-Dade County — Miami-Dade corrections officer dies from COVID-19

Tavares — Fla. detention deputy dies after battle with COVID-19

GEORGIA

Perry — 29-year-old father, Georgia corrections agent dies of COVID-19

Brunswick — Ga. jail staff taking on extra duties as virus takes toll

Atlanta — Atlanta federal prison employee dies from COVID-19

ILLINOIS

Peoria County — Peoria County corrections officer dies from COVID-19 infection connected to jail outbreak

Cook County — 3rd CO at Chicago jail dies after being diagnosed with COVID-19

Cook County — CO at Chicago jail dies from COVID-19; 2nd CO's death under investigation

INDIANA

Indianapolis — Ind. correctional officer dies from COVID-19

Sullivan County — Ind. corrections officer dies from COVID-19

IOWA

Clarinda — Iowa correctional officer dies after coronavirus diagnosis

Mitchellville — 1st Iowa correctional officer dies from COVID-19

KANSAS

Topeka — Kan. correctional facility employee dies from COVID-19 complications

Lansing — Kan. corrections officer dies from COVID-19

Kentucky

Louisville — Louisville Metro Corrections officer dies after battle with COVID-19

LOUISANA

Baton Rouge — La. corrections officer dies from COVID-19

Monroe — 2 COs at La. ICE jail die after contracting COVID-19

Gretna — Veteran La. corrections officer dies from COVID-19

Avoyelles Parish — La. prison warden dies from COVID-19

Baton Rouge — La. prison staff member dies from COVID-19

Massachusetts

Essex County — Mass. county CO dies from COVID-19 complications

MARYLAND

Baltimore — Union: Md. corrections officer dies from COVID-19

Baltimore — Md. corrections officer dies from COVID-19

MICHIGAN

Corunna — Mich. corrections deputy dies from COVID-19 complications

Coldwater — BCSD Corrections Officer Kevin Kokinis passes away, served department for 22 years

Lansing — Veteran Mich. CO, father of 4 dies of COVID-19

Adrian — Veteran Mich. corrections officer dies from COVID-19

Detroit — Mich. DOC officer dies of COVID-19

Mississippi

Jackson County — Miss. correctional deputy dies from COVID-19

Missouri

Vandalia — Missouri corrections officer lost to virus

Greene County — Mo. sheriff's office mourns loss of detention officer who died from COVID-19

Nebraska

Douglas County  — 'Her legacy is written in stone': Douglas County CO dies of COVID-19

NEW JERSEY

Hudson County — Hudson County corrections police corporal passes away from COVID-19

Cumberland County — Cumberland faces wrongful death action in CO's death from COVID-19

Hudson County — 2nd NJ county correctional police officer dies from COVID-19

Burlington County — 3rd NJ correctional police officer dies from COVID-19

Middlesex County — 2nd NJ correctional police officer dies from COVID-19

Hudson County — NJ correctional police officer dies from COVID-19

NEW YORK

Oswego — N.Y. sheriff’s deputy dies after battle with COVID-19

New York City — NYC correctional officer dies from COVID-19

New York City — Rikers Island corrections officer dies from COVID-19

New York City — NYC corrections officer dies from COVID-19

New York City — NYC corrections investigator dies of coronavirus

North carolina

Butner — NC correctional officer dies from COVID-19

Durham — NC senior detention officer dies after battling COVID-19

OHIO

Cleveland — Cuyahoga County Jail officer, inmate die from COVID-19 in four-day span, officials say

Cleveland — Second Cuyahoga County CO dies from COVID-19

Columbus — Gov. DeWine says local corrections officer died from COVID-19

Youngstown — Local corrections officer passes away after battle with COVID-19

Cleveland — 2 Ohio corrections officers die after testing positive for COVID-19

Cleveland — Veteran Ohio CO dies after contracting COVID-19

Columbus — 5th Ohio corrections officer dies from COVID-19

Mt. Sterling — Ohio CO dies from COVID-19 complications

Galena — Nurse becomes 3rd Ohio prison employee to die from COVID-19

Orient — Nurse at Ohio prison dies from COVID-19

Columbus — Ohio corrections officer dies from COVID-19

PENNSYLVANIA

Allentown — 30-year-old father of 2 becomes first Pa. county CO to die from COVID-19

Glen Mills — Veteran Pa. corrections officer dies from COVID-19

RHODE ISLAND

Cranston — ACI correctional officer dies from COVID complications

Cranston — RI correctional officer dies from COVID-19 complications

SOUTH carolina

Summerville — Dorchester County Sheriff's Office mourns death of detention center officer due to COVID complications

Columbia — SC correctional officer dies after testing positive for COVID-19

Tennessee

Bledsoe County — State prison corrections officer dies from COVID-19

Sullivan County — Sullivan Co. Sheriff’s Office mourning death of deputy due to COVID-19

TEXAS

Beaumont — Jefferson County Sheriff's Office mourning loss of beloved deputy

Dallas — Dallas County CO dies from COVID-19

Refugio — Corrections officer dies of COVID-19 after transporting COVID-19 positive inmate

Huntsville — Huntsville CO dies from COVID-19

Beaumont — Texas CO dies from COVID-19 less than one month after beginning career

Lubbock — COVID-19 claims the life of another Texas prison correctional officer

Bryan — Texas prison correctional officer dies from COVID-19

Brownwood — Texas corrections officer dies from COVID-19

Huntsville — COVID-19 claims the life of another Texas prison corrections officer

Collin County — Texas corrections officer dies after contracting COVID-19

Huntsville — Veteran Texas prison corrections officer dies of COVID-19

Williamson County — Texas corrections officer dies after COVID-19 battle

Tarrant County — Texas county sheriff's corporal dies from COVID-19

Dickinson — Texas correctional officer dies from COVID-19

Edinburg — Texas prison chaplain dies from COVID-19

Jefferson County — Texas correctional officer dies after battling COVID-19

Jasper County — 24-year veteran Texas CO dies from COVID-19

Huntsville — Longtime Texas CO dies after contracting COVID-19

Huntsville — Texas corrections officer dies from COVID-19 complications

El Paso — Longtime Texas jail employee dies from COVID-19

Huntsville — Another Texas correctional officer dies from COVID-19

Lubbock — Veteran Texas corrections officer dies from COVID-19

La Villa — Texas detention officer dies from COVID-19

Hutchins — Texas correctional officer dies from COVID-19 complications

Huntsville — 2 Texas correctional officers die from COVID-19

San Antonio — Texas detention deputy dies after testing positive for COVID-19

Abilene — Texas corrections officer dies from COVID-19

New Boston — Texas correctional officer dies from COVID-19

Amarillo — Texas CO dies from COVID-19 complications

WASHINGTON, D.C.

D.C. — DC corrections officer dies from COVID-19

WASHINGTON

Aberdeen — Stafford Creek correctional officer dies of COVID-19

Aberdeen — Wash. CO dies from COVID-19

Aberdeen — 2nd Wash. CO dies from COVID-19 as prisons begin vaccine rollout

Yakima — Wash. corrections officer dies from COVID-19

Olympia — 1st Wash. corrections officer dies from COVID-19

WEST VIRGINIA

Barboursville — 4th West Virginia corrections officer dies of COVID-19

West Columbia — 3rd West Virginia corrections officer dies of COVID-19

Moundsville — Correctional officer dies from coronavirus

Charleston — Veteran W.Va. corrections officer dies from COVID-19

Wisconsin

Kenosha County — Sheriff's Department honors colleague who died of COVID at memorial service

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