VCSO addresses social media complaints

Individuals turned to social media Wednesday to voice their concerns about lack-of-heating and cold meals at the Victoria County Jail.

Chief Deputy Roy Boyd with the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office says the state requires the jail temperatures to be kept between 65 and 85 degrees year long.

Boyd says they have replaced the HVAC units in the upstairs and the downstairs portion of the jail is scheduled to receive new units this coming year.

In the meantime, staff is checking temperatures, making adjustments and handing out blankets as necessary.

Chief Deputy Boyd says the kitchen in undergoing renovations which is why they are serving what he referred to as ‘Johnny Saxon’… or a cold meal.

Sandwiches and other items are served in a styrafoam container, so they are not hot, freshly cooked meals.

All the meals being served are pre-approved by a nutritionist and the State of Texas.

“We make sure that we do our best, do our due diligence to take care of those individuals that are in our custody,” Boyd says. “But, this place is not built for comfort. This is not the Holiday Inn Express and it’s very simple, if you don’t like the lack of creature comfort in the jail then don’t take action that causes you to be here.”

The chief deputy adds the kitchen renovations should be complete by Saturday and the jail will go back to serving hot meals.