I give credit for A&E on this one. I haven’t seen a docuseries quite like 60 Days In. This unscripted series, premiering Thursday, March 10, at 9pm ET/PT, follows seven non-convicts who enter the dangerous world of incarceration at the Clark County Jail in Jeffersonville, Ind., in an effort to expose internal issues and what really happens behind bars. As a result of the facility’s recent corrupt history, Sheriff Jamey Noel has devised a program where the participants will live among the facility’s general population for 60 days without officers, fellow inmates or staff knowing their secret. The show’s producers vastly upgraded the jail’s security cameras, and the volunteer inmates were compensated for their participation. Not sure how much they were compensated, but it would have to be a crap-ton of cash for me to do something like that.
Before an episode even airs, A&E has already picked up 60 Days In for a second season. No early release for good behavior, I guess.
Several of the participants have a history in the military or law enforcement. One of them is a military wife and mom who wants to see if prison inmates have a higher standard of living than her husband. One of them is Muhammad Ali’s eldest daughter, a social worker who has been active in anti-gang programs. One of them is a young man who wants to know what his incarcerated brother is experiencing. One of them is a mall cop with aspirations of being a corrections officer who is probably better off remaining the poor-man’s Paul Blart. One of them is a teacher and youth mentor who is an imbecile (or plays one on TV?) and thinks 60 days in county jail is going to be a two-month-long all-inclusive stay at Sandals. If this man is an actor planted in the cast, he’s not a very good one. If he’s not an actor, he should not be teaching or mentoring anyone. I will enjoy watching him be made someone’s bitch.
And here are various scary people who will be doing the aforementioned bitch-making: