When Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway speaks, he does not mince words.
And on Tuesday, the silver-haired sheriff who has made headlines over controversial remarks about the Black Lives Matter movement, immigration and more, had a strong message for those with something to say about the county jail.
“Our best advice is that if you don’t like the way we run the Gwinnett County Jail,” he said, “stay out of it.”
The remark appeared on the sheriff’s official Facebook page after a former inmate took to social media to complain about medical treatment at the jail.
The sheriff’s office is responsible for jail operations in Gwinnett.
According to agency spokeswoman Shannon Volkodav, who crafted the response on Conway’s behalf, the sheriff commissioned a review of medical care the inmate received while she was incarcerated.
“It turns out that during the four weeks that this inmate was in our jail,” the post read, “she was seen by medical staff no less than seven times for routine screenings and a couple of ailments that are common this time of year.
“She received allergy medicine when she requested it. She received antibiotics when she needed it, along with some Tylenol to help with her discomfort.”
Volkodav included personal experiences in the post to drive home Conway’s point.
In it, she noted she recently had “the same or similar” illness as the inmate.
“The only difference,” the post read, “is that I paid for (the medicine) myself, not the taxpayers.”
The Facebook post has been liked hundreds of times and shared by dozens of people.
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