Sheriff Butch Conway: ‘If you don’t like the way we run the Gwinnett County Jail, stay out of it.’

Butch Conway

Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway has some advice for citizens: If you don’t like the way the county jail is run, stay out of it.

On Tuesday, the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office posted a status on Facebook addressing a former inmate’s social media complaints that she received poor medical care while being held at the Gwinnett County Jail, which officials disputed in the post.

According to the status, after seeing the inmate’s recent Facebook post complaining about her medical treatment, Conway ordered a review of her medical file to ensure that she received proper care while at the jail.

“It turns out that during the four weeks that this inmate was in our jail, 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,” wrote Deputy Shannon Volkodav, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office. “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, who crafted the post on behalf of Conway, added that she, too, suffers from the same ailment as the inmate and has been prescribed medicine by her doctor.

”It’s just that time of year when respiratory viruses and sinus infections are rampant,” Volkodav wrote. “My doctor gave me allergy medication and the exact same antibiotics as this inmate received. The only difference is that I paid for it myself, not the taxpayers.”

At the end of the status, which has received more than a million likes and 130 shares, Conway says the sheriff’s office’s “best advice is that if you don’t like the way we run the Gwinnett County Jail, stay out of it.”

The comment stems from apparent frustration that “even when you do everything you’re supposed to do, there are some people who will never be happy with the level of service that you provide,” the text says.

Response to the post has been overwhelmingly positive, with Facebook users writing comments such as “Amen to that Sheriff Conway! She actually received better care than I get as a retired senior when I need to see a doctor due to concern over all the expenses that will ensue” and “This should be on every police car in Gwinnett.”

Some, however, called the post “unprofessional,” with one Facebook user asking, “What kind of fragernackle mumbojumbo is this?”

The sheriff’s office did not reply to that comment, though it did to some others.

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Crime Reporter

Isabel is a crime and health reporter for the Gwinnett Daily Post. She graduated from Emory University in 2016 with a B.A. in international studies. She is originally from the Boston area.

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