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La. corrections officer dies from COVID-19

Sgt. Rosa Thomas worked at the Louisiana State Penitentiary for nearly 13 years

By Sarah Calams

BATON ROUGE, La. — A Louisiana corrections officer died July 26 from COVID-19 complications. reported that Sgt. Rosa Thomas began her career with Louisiana DOC in 2007. She worked at the Louisiana State Penitentiary for nearly 13 years.

“She was known as a hard worker who was very dependable, rarely missing work,” a Facebook post by the department said. “She enjoyed her vacations, taking cruises, and in her free time loved to shop and cook.”

Thomas leaves behind three sons.

Out of 595 people who were released on $0 bail from April 2020 through June 2021, 420 were re-arrested, with 123 of them arrested for violent crimes
As of Monday morning, 34 of the jail’s 2,864 inmates were COVID-positive
After administrators at the Portland jail revoked her security clearance, the woman was forced to take a pay cut to work at a different jail, according to a lawsuit
The individual was reportedly immediately isolated and contact tracing is underway