Sat 29 Oct 2016, 08:05
The Jail: 60 Days In returns for Season 2.
The Jail: 60 Days In returns to South African television for an explosive second season in October following the success of its inaugural season.
Sheriff Jamey Noel of the Clark County Jail decided to nominate eight new innocent participants with an interest in the criminal justice system to enter the programme for a deeper dive into the drugs; violence and internal corruption exposed during season one. The second season of 60 Days In will air on Mondays at 20:50 on C+I (170).
More than 100 cameras captured unparalleled access around-the-clock, documenting the participants’ every move as they lived among the facility’s general population without anyone knowing their secret.
60 Days In gives viewers a first-hand look at the dangerous world of incarceration as the participants adapt to terrifying new surroundings and aim to shed light on local and national issues within our corrections system.
The Clark County Jail houses approximately 500 prisoners, from inmates charged with drug dealing to first-time offenders to capital murder. The participants’ safety was top priority, so Sheriff Jamey Noel re-implemented the programme before the first group completed their time and before any jail staff was made aware of the programme. This strategic approach made this set of participants’ time in jail equally as authentic and even more shocking for the facility’s officers and staff.
Here's what Sheriff Jamey Noel had to say about his experience on 60 Days In
Did you learn as much the second time around?
Absolutely. We were able to compare notes from the undercover participants from Season 1 and Season 2, to look for key points that each one of the undercover participants said we needed to do to change, to make things better based on their behaviour and inmates’ behaviour. The same correction officers' names came up – whether they were good or bad. We had to terminate some.
Were you surprised by any of the findings or reports back by the contestants in the First Season?
Yes, really I was. I really wanted to find out that for first time inmates is jail the tipping point where they go off the deep-end and they become a criminal for the rest of their life? Or, do they learn their lesson, repay their debt to society and never come back to jail? Watch Dion in the new season, he has just finished his Master in Criminology. He cannot believe how different the real life experience is from what he read in books.
Tell us about this year’s contestants?
They are all interesting individuals. But that is how we picked them; I wanted a diverse look from multiple angles. I didn’t want people that were going to sugar-coat things and tell me what I wanted to hear. I purposefully picked Mona Lisa for example because she was very critical of law enforcement and corrections. I knew if I picked her – and I am glad I did – that she would give me the good with the bad and wouldn’t be worried about hurting my feelings.
What surprises are instore for viewers this time around?
You are going to see really bad inmate behaviour. It is going to look like things almost get a little bit worse instead of better. But then we only able to implement all our findings after both seasons.
Aside from learning about conditions in jail, what was one lesson that surprised you?
We learned, after we did the debriefs from both seasons, that every one of these undercover participants - whether they made it for one day or the full 60 days - all talked about when they left jail they were nauseous, they felt anxious, they were depressed. One of the participants said they felt like doing something to go back to jail and that really bothered me because they knew they were in here for 60 days, they did it voluntarily. But then it struck me, that that is the effect of a County Jail on a person. The person being released wants their freedom and then doesn’t know how to cope with the emotions that come with it and with leaving jail. So now we do a release pamphlet – when people leave the jail they get a pamphlet that says, ‘It’s normal to feel this way if you do, here’s what you can do to try to help relieve it, talk to somebody, exercise. If it’s too much here’s the local mental health provider, here’s a suicide hotline number, here’s a veteran’s assistance number – to try to help’.
Why is it such an important experiment to you?
Because when I took over the Clark County Jail as the Sheriff, I came in from the outside, just a few short months before we started this programme. The jail was in a really bad shape, it was a lot worse than what you see – which was still not great during this programme. So, I wanted to improve the Facility and I wanted to leave the Sheriff’s Office and the jail in better shape than what I found it in.
Watch The Jail: 60 Days In on Mondays at 20:50 on C+I (170).