Wed 06 Apr 2016, 15:09
The Jail: 60 Days InThe Jail: 60 Days In premieres on C+I.
On Saturday 9 April at 21:00, Crime + Investigation® (CI) (170) will premiere The Jail: 60 Days In – an unprecedented new, original 11-part docu-series following seven innocent participants who enter the dangerous world of incarceration at the Clark County Jail in Jeffersonville, Indiana, 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 programme where the seven participants will live among the facility’s general population for 60 days without officers, fellow inmates, or staff knowing their secret.
Around-the-clock cameras captured this unparalleled access in an effort to bring problems to light and give viewers a first-hand look as the participants adapt to unfamiliar and terrifying surroundings. The Jail: 60 Days In is a candid view of what life is like behind bars, through the eyes of people who have never been charged with a crime or done time.
“After recently taking office, it was no secret that the Clark County Jail had problems and we needed to take quick control. The only way to truly understand what was going on in the jail was to implement innocent participants into the system to provide first-hand unbiased intelligence. These brave volunteers helped us identify critical issues within our system that undercover officers would not have been able to find. We couldn’t be more thrilled with the success of this inaugural programme,” says Sheriff Jamey Noel.
Where is the prison situated?
Clark County Jail is a correctional facility in Jeffersonville, Indiana in the US. It houses approximately 500 inmates of both sexes. The prison is divided into different sections, or ‘pods’ as they are known. The participants in the experiment are in C Pod, which is known for its drug problems.
Why did it agree to host the 60 Days In experiment?
The jail is known for its corruption. Drug dealing is rampant and even the prison officers have been accused of crimes. Things have improved since the current sheriff, Jamey Noel, took over, but he understands that there’s still plenty to be done, which is why he came up with the idea for the show and approached the producers. His predecessor, former Clark County Sheriff Danny Rodden, was arrested for hiring a prostitute and lying to federal investigators about it.
How were the seven volunteers selected? 60 Days In executive producer Brad Holcman reveals all:
They were chosen for their individual journeys and what they brought to the table to get a very diverse look about what’s happening in jail. Maryum (the eldest daughter of boxing great Muhammad Ali) is a social worker and she wanted to help children avoid incarceration. We had Zack, who is going to have a career in law enforcement, specifically within drug enforcement. And then you have Tammy, who is a police officer, who always had locked up people, but never knew what it was like behind bars after she dropped them off, and she wanted to know what it was like herself.
Isaiah wants to better relate to his older brother, who is currently in prison. Barbra is a military wife with two young children who strongly feels that inmates have it easy behind bars and that taxpayers foot the bill providing them with three square meals a day and a place to sleep, while innocent homeless people struggle to survive with little help. Robert is a teacher who wants to use this experience to show his students the ramifications of their choices so they don't end up behind bars. Lastly there’s Jeff who wants to become a correctional officer but also has questions about the system and how well it works. He believes not all felons are bad and hopes this experience will open his eyes to the reality of working in corrections.
The show has stimulated debate around the world while also providing gripping viewing. It has been so well received that a second season with new volunteers is already in production.
The Jail: 60 Days In airs on Crime + Investigation (DStv Channel 170) on Saturdays at 21:00.
So who's who in the jail?
Sheriff Jamey Noel
60 Days In was devised by Sheriff Jamey Noel as a result of the facility’s recent corrupt history. Clark County Correctional Jail houses approximately 500 prisoners, from inmates charged with drug dealing to first time offenders to capital murder. “After recently taking office, it was no secret that the Clark County Jail had problems and we needed to take quick control. The only way to truly understand what was going on in the jail was to implement innocent participants into the system to provide first-hand unbiased intelligence. These brave volunteers helped us identify critical issues within our system that undercover officers would not have been able to find. We couldn’t be more thrilled with the success of this inaugural programme,” says Sheriff Jamey Noel.
Maryum: A social worker fighting to put an end to gang violence.
Zac: Zac is currently pursuing a career as a law enforcement officer. He's willing to leave his wife and new born son for two months in exchange for a unique education in criminal psychology and the jail system, hopefully preparing him for a career as a cop. Zac is going into this program with a strong belief that it's wrong that our inmates have better, more comfortable living conditions than our active military. He feels that inmates would greatly benefit from a boot camp type environment. Zac is the son of a minister, raised in a conservative community in Tennessee. In 2009, he became a Combat Engineer in the US Marine Corps Reserve, one of the most dangerous positions in the military. Zac wants to see first-hand whether his assumption that inmates don't know how good they really have it is true and to potentially connect with other veterans who are locked up. The Sheriff wants Zac to participate in this program because he believes Zac's drive to be in law enforcement and military background will push him to uncover the illegal activity of inmatesin the pods.
Tami: A police officer who has arrested hundreds of people wanted to better understand what life is like on the other side. After growing up in foster care, she could have easily wound up in jail like her brother so she wants to participate to gain a better perspective on how different their lives turned out.
Jeff: A security guard for many years is ready to take the next step in his career to become a corrections officer. He feels that this experience will help ready him for his next career move.
Isaiah: Feels like a part of him was ripped away when his older brother was locked up and wants to experience what his brother is going through.
Robert: A teacher wants to use this experience to teach his students about the ramifications of their choices.
Barbra: A military wife and mother of two young children, Barbra has never seen the inside of a jail. But as a teenage mom who has struggled to make ends meet, she thinks she can relate to some of the women inside. That said Barbra strongly feels that inmates have it easy behind bars and that taxpayers foot the bill providing them with three square meals a day and a place to sleep, while innocent homeless people struggle to survive with little help. And as a military wife, she sees how hard her husband works to earn his pay and benefits. If Barbra had it her way, the incarcerated population would be pulling their weight and have mandatory jobs inside to earn the benefits they're receiving. As a hardworking mom, she thinks she can be a positive influence to the women inside, and show them there's another way. The Sheriff thinks that many people in his county feel the same way Barbra does and he is eager for her to see first-hand the improvements he's made to his jail and get to the bottom of lingering issues.
The Jail: 60 Days In is produced by Lucky 8 TV for A&E Network. Executive producers for Lucky 8 TV are Gregory Henry, Kimberly Woodard and Jeff Grogan. Executive producers for A&E Networks are Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro, Drew Tappon and Brad Holcman.
Catch The Jail: 60 Days In on Saturdays at 21:00 on Crime + Investigation® (170).