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Three Texas prison units are on a complete lockdown after most of their inmates were placed in medical restriction for possible exposure to the coronavirus, according to a memo from state Sen. John Whitmire’s office obtained by the Houston Chronicle. “(A lockdown) is a tremendous hardship on the inmates and the correctional officers,” he said. Michael Milligan, 64, who was serving a 30-year sentence at the Terrell Unit in Rosharon, out of Tarrant County, died April 26 at Hospital Galveston to which he was taken on April 19. Houston SPCA reopens for... How are Texas doomsday preppers doing right now?

He tested positive for COVID-19 on April 11 and the virus apparently contributed to his death, prison officials said. Thomas Weber, 52, who was serving a 30-year sentence out of Polk Count at the Wynne Unit in Huntsville, also died May 11 at HCA Hospital in Conroe, to which he was taken on May 10. Correctional staff are wearing “cotton masks at all times.”, The Texas Tribune obtained a copy of a letter from TDCJ Executive Director, Bryan Collier addressed to all Texas Sheriff’s Saturday stating that, “To limit the spread of the coronavirus, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice will halt all intake of inmates from county jails effective Monday, April 13, 2020.”, Collier’s justification for the new measure is “allow the TDCJ to fight this virus without further exposing both county and state inmates.”, This new state procedure will change when the state determines it is “safe to do so.”, Twenty prisons in Texas on precautionary lockdown after increase in virus cases, Bryan police say Brenham man charged for role in homicide, Three new deaths, hospitalizations continue to rise, Fort Hood soldier arrested in year-old murder case, Local company installing air filter systems in restaurants, Burton Elementary School students bullied after mock presidential election at school, One dead after auto-pedestrian accident in Hearne. Three Texas prison units on complete lockdown related to possible COVID-19 exposure, BOB OWEN, STAFF / SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS. Like us on Facebook to see similar stories, Kai Kahele wins Hawaii House seat vacated by Tulsi Gabbard, People are painting their walls more now — and these are their go-to colors. Six of the 22 prisoners in medical isolation at Telford tested positive. Harris County data shows what... Man found shot to death in running car at west Houston business, Houston seeks to be home to Space Command, Houston marriage broker pleads guilty in massive scheme, Boy, 12, injured in west Harris County drive-by shooting while in bed, Man struck, killed in north Houston by multiple cars, Democrats regain all Harris County state district judicial seats. These are the 10 best Texas cities for retirement. The Rufe Jordan Unit, the Dr. Lane Murray Unit, the George Beto Unit and the Barry B. Telford Unit have all been placed on a complete lockdown, according to Whitmire, who serves as chair of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee. The move came a year after the Houston Chronicle obtained a leaked email that uncovered disclipinary quotas at the Ramsey unit in Rosharon. Jeffrey Davis, 45, who was serving a 15-year sentence out of Galveston County at the Beto Unit, died May 11 at a Tyler hospital to which he was taken on May 2. “But obviously public health and the safety and the welfare of the inmates and employees are the highest priority. James Matthews, 66, died on April 13 after he was found unresponsive in his cell at the Beto Unit where he was serving a 40-year sentence out of Hopkins County. Luis Garza, 53, who was serving a 25-year sentence at the Wynne Unit, died on April 19 at Hospital Galveston to which he was taken on April 15. By Tuesday, a total of 29 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors and 26 offenders in custody had tested positive for the coronavirus. Key to Operator and Type of Facility. City council announced $3M in relief for musicians & music venues impacted by COVID. Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. Seventeen Murray Unit inmates were in medical isolation as of Monday, including four with a positive test. HPD Chief Art Acevedo to discuss racism on new... Election reveals deeper divides between red and blue America, Tight American election transfixes world, fuels fears over U.S. democracy, Padre Island National Seashore shares photo of another strange creature that washed ashore, Election-themed TikTok reminds Fort Worth how disappointed Texas is in their voting choices, See all the results from Harris County's 2020 elections, Armed anti-Trump protestors rally outside of city hall Wednesday, Texas didn't go blue this round. Houston ranked among 'rattiest' cities... Mail theft cases seeing an uptick across Houston area.

Shabazz, 70, who was the TDCJ's regional area Muslim chaplain, fell ill on April 3. The Alfred D. Hughes and Dr. Lane Murray units and the Linda Woodman State Jail in Gatesville are among 42 Texas prison inmates that remain under lockdown because of the COVID 19 outbreak. Three area prison units remain on lockdown due to COVID-19, Fort Hood soldier arrested in year-old murder case, Democrat ousts embattled Central Texas sheriff, Man dies at local hospital after swallowing drugs following traffic stop, Texas reports nearly 8,600 new COVID-19 cases; area death toll nears 400, FDA committee considers first new Alzheimer’s drug in nearly 2 decades, Another local middle school unexpectedly announces early close, What you need to know about the virus and its impact on Central Texas. The pups are back! TDCJ had already ordered a lockdown for all inmates in medical restriction and medical isolation, but the lockdown was expanded for the Jordan, Murray and Beto units. Jesse Bolton, 62, a correctional officer at the Eastham Unit, died on May 8 after falling ill on May 6. Typically those inmates are restricted to one part of the unit, and medical staff checks on them twice a day. TDCJ employee James Coleman, 53, who tested positive for COVID-19 after falling ill at home on Monday, died Wednesday afternoon at an Abilene hospital. Combined, the facilities impact 26,572 offenders. Within ETTF and BMCC, 171 total offenders are considered recovered. Save up to 70% off these kitchen and dining items at... Chron Exclusive: Save $50 on your next garage door spring... New Chrome extension can save you hundreds, Twitter reacts to waiting on key states Arizona and Nevada, Apply for Harris County COVID-19 relief funding now, $3 million relief fund looks to save Houston musicians, venues. Americans have been getting antsy about the results of the upcoming election. He was serving a 20-year sentence out of Ellis County for aggravated sexual assault at the Wynne Unit. She served the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for nearly 11 years. Wynne is followed by the Beto facility with 1,856, Jordan with 993, Murray at 697 and Telford at 649. The Murray Unit, a women’s prison in Gatesville with a maximum capacity of 1,341, reported 1,144 inmates in medical restriction Tuesday. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice regrets to inform you of the death of two offenders likely connected to the coronavirus. All discussions relating to specific Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison units, Texas State Jails & Private prisons, and County Jails. Typically those inmates are restricted to one part of the unit, and medical staff checks on them twice a day. Alfredo De La Vega, 54, who was serving a 20-year sentence out of Bexar County at the Montford Unit in Lubbock, died on May 5 at a Lubbock hospital to which he was admitted on April 27.

They are given face masks, and nurses regularly check their respiratory status, officials said. James Nealy, 68, was found unresponsive in his cell on April 15 at the Wynne Unit in Huntsville. Photo Bob Owen/[email protected] There have been 72 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors and 167 offenders in custody who have tested positive for COVID-19, says TDCJ. The precautionary lockdowns extend for 14 days from the date of a positive test, says TDCJ with the possibility that those “dates may be extended to the date of the most recent positive test.”, The 20 facilities on lockdown have “an additional 10,651 offenders on medical restriction who may have had contact with either and employee or offender with a positive or pending COVID-19 test.”.

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