COVID-19 has decimated Correctional Officers Numbers Nationwide, especially in Texas Prisons

COVID-19 has gotten less worse right now. Yet, it’s effects are more profound than previously thought of. This Silent. Invisible. Deadly. has Killed a lot of Great Individuals everywhere. And I know, it hurts when it visits you or your friends and kills a fella. Or a loved one. So much sadness to go around. Maybe there should be a National Covid-19 Memorial Day.

But what Happens when Silent. Invisible. Deadly. takes out close coworkers? It has come and it has crushed Correctional Officer Families in all States. And the numbers aren’t getting any better as a Huge Number of those who could take Early Retirement, did. They took it and some then returned only to find the numbers of Correctional Officers falling lower still today. And few will stick it out anymore.

Let’s look at my last Unit before I Retired and Yes, I Retired as soon as possible. The Drama just wasn’t worth it anymore. And COVID-19 in the Texas Prisons is a Killer for the Offenders and all who work there.

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

At my Last Unit-

Basically, there are 18 Dorms with 64 Offenders in most of them. But when one Dorm is Isolated with all the Covid Cases, no one wants to work it. But work it, you shall. And in the early days of Covid, getting Covid was a Death Sentence for many, as it seems so to those that are heartfelt close, yet, a great worry to both Offenders and Officers. And when you’re in it, you know you are in the Shit, the real Shit, the kind money doesn’t make up for, the kind benefits doesn’t make up for. No one, can get it out of their Heads. Everyone always actively searching for anyone looking as if they are acting Sick and seeing them with that notorious Master Blaster Covid-19 Cough. You study the room as you enter a Dorm and you are required to do a lot of Headcounts to make sure no one has escaped. But with Covid, the Count works on Your mind. But it’s really this-Silent. Invisible. Deadly. Those three inescapable words that your mind and your subconscious cannot wrap your head around. And it’s the same for the Offenders who cannot escape it at all. They can’t dig a Hole and jump in. They cannot dig a Foxhole. No one can. But those here words keep working on your mind. Silent. Invisible. Deadly.

Silent. Invisible. Deadly.

Silent. Invisible. Deadly.

Silent. Invisible. Deadly.

With a past Record of seeing some of the most mind crippling scenes ever to explode into your psyche like Blood Spraying all the way across the Dorm like a Fire Hose. Blisters the size of Bull Frogs on a person using bad Tattoo Ink then exploding into the air like tiny dust Clouds and Offenders running everywhere trying to get away from them exploding. It’s Vomit Comet Scenes. And those you find DEAD. Just there and very Dead. Sure, you’ve seen the bloody knife fights and your mind is the way it has become. There is or might be just one more thing that you can see or not before you mind explodes making suicide possible? You don’t think about it but the anxiety shivers are very real. And they come from time tic tok time but you retreat to a Bathroom whenever possible. And hide in your wakefulness of shameful weakness. But what can you do? Continue as if you are still indestructible but you know you are just a pawn in a huge game of Chess. And the Higher Ups are only worried about Escapes and Bad Officers making TV or Newspapers with Bad Stories of Bad Behaviour. Not the extreme starvation numbers of Few Correctional Officers. Such Low Numbers only make Safety Void. Safety for you and me and the Offenders. It’s bad now. Been heading down into the worst Bad Times of all Times short of Bringing Back Turnkeys to work the Doors. But they sure don’t want that one again or do they? Some even skip Counts or doing a 2nd one.

TV now has daily Commercials asking the Public to come be a Texas Prison Guard. But even the Public has heard of the horrendous working conditions in Prisons where they cook eggs on the floor because of incredible Heat during the Summer. In Prisons that are still carrying Bricks used during the Civil War. Actually working in Prisons that should be Texas Museums. Bricks ready to crumble. Steel and Iron painted over so many times that it can’t be counted any more. But those three haunting words-

Silent. Invisible. Deadly.

Silent. Invisible. Deadly.

Silent. Invisible. Deadly.

Most have Retired as fast as they could. Others just Quit. Can’t take it any longer. Working in close Quarters, so they can touch you or stab you, but it’s not to worry about. But can’t think straight any longer. Too many more worries now.

Everyone grows close to each other. We actually learn to love each other even when we say we hate each other. And in such closeness, when a Silent. Invisible. Deadly. Comes into the picture. We, you, all of us worry, don’t we? But when one Dies of the Silent. Invisible. Deadly. Covid-19, we are awe struck. But our feathers are ruffled quite roughly. More than a bagger attack.

But when the most loved, cherished Lt. Retires and then comes back and then SHE dies of Silent. Invisible. Deadly. Covid-19, everyone is Crushed and it is a startling reminder of an even greater Fear that has now crept onto our work environment. One that Kills and it is mortifying. It is frightening to all of us and the Offenders and their Families and all workers at all Prisons and everyone that visits one. We now walk in Blindness of Not Knowing Where Silent. Invisible. Deadly. Is Hiding and waiting for any of us.

It’s a new Scariness. And then another Correctional Officer Dies of the Silent. Invisible. Deadly. Covid-19. And then another and then another. And we knew all of them. it hurts deeply.

And the Last Funeral really hit me hard and others too. But only two of us were at the Young Man’s Funeral. Were the others scared or afraid of being jinxed of Silent. Invisible. Deadly. Covid-19 as if it would secretly, discreetly crawl out of his Coffin and Get You Too? A wonderful young man leaving behind a wife and two daughters.

And it seemed like a lifetime as his Coffin stopped beside me and the smoking Ashes Catholics use were burning into my nostrils. And the Priest saying words that I did not know. I did not understand. And I wondered how he looked inside of his Coffin. I did. No one getting to see him one last time.

But Covid-19 has now wrecked, decimated the Numbers of Correctional Officers here in Texas and in every State in 🇺🇸. But the Deaths and Dying has receded but when will it Unleash another Silent. Invisible. Deadly. Wave? No one can say. No one is sure. No one wants to think about it, but we do at times. And I wonder why them? Why when they each had active Wonderful Lives fully enjoying Life. All of us are, Aren’t we? There is so much to be Happy for-Your Life, Your Family. food you eat. Roof over your Head. Water we drink. Smells we smell. The beauty of a Flower-

Out of all of this comes a much deeper understanding of Life and what is important and what isn’t. When life changing experiences happen to us, we are given choices-to continue or to Regress and build a shell around ourselves that no one can enter.

All the Made Up Problems that we have Today aren’t nearly as bad as the Great DEPRESSION or the Super Sacrificing during WW-I WW-II. But they want you to believe them to be. They make us worry them to be. But they aren’t. There aren’t the tremendous Deaths or Starvation or people being dragged out of their Rental Property and tossed into the Streets. Too much Make Believe News is being laid before us as if all of 🇺🇸 is just that Stupid. Well, we aren’t.

But Silent. Invisible. Deadly.

Silent. Invisible. Deadly.

Silent. Invisible. Deadly.

That’s the Big concern. It is very real. And it can come for any of us, any time, day or night. But don’t grow roots into the floor. Live each Day fully as a Blessing. Get out and Life Life. Live it!

But as far as becoming a Texas Correctional Officer, it is a Job with Benefits for you and your family. Health Insurance is rough TODAY. And the Cost of Prescription Drugs. And the pay is good. The rest is just becoming integrated into a different thing. Getting used to something different. I did it and Retired. I’m thankful every day I made it to Retirement.

But I stay in touch with friends who are still working the Texas Prisons. And I hear of their Problems. With such Few Officers, it is hurting them now like never before. But it’s Nationwide. And Prison Safety isn’t what it used to be…

Silent. Invisible. Deadly.

Silent. Invisible. Deadly.

Silent. Invisible. Deadly.