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Veteran Texas corrections officer dies from COVID-19

Kenneth Harbin, 60, died on July 4; he was a 30-year Texas Department of Criminal Justice veteran


Kenneth Harbin worked at the Daniel Unit in Snyder.


By Sarah Calams

LUBBOCK, Texas — A veteran Texas Department of Criminal Justice corrections officer died July 4 from COVID-19 complications. reported that Kenneth Harbin, 60, was admitted to a hospital on June 28 after testing postive for the novel coronavirus. He’s the ninth TDCJ corrections officer diagnosed with COVID-19 to die.

“Every death of one of our own is a tragic loss,” Bryan Collier, TDCJ executive director, said. “The thoughts and prayers of his family in gray are with Officer Harbin’s loved ones and friends. He will not be forgotten.”

Harbin, a 30-year TDCJ veteran, worked at the Daniel Unit in Snyder.

“He was a selfless person and gave all he could to those he loved,” Michael Britt, Daniel Unit Senior Warden, said.

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