A&E Docuseries Sends Innocent People to a Corruption-Plagued Prison

What could go wrong?

A&E Network has lifted the curtain on 60 Days In, a heretofore-top-secret docuseries in which seven innocent participants entered the world of incarceration at the Clark County Jail in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

In an effort to expose internal issues and what really happens behind bars at the corruption-plagued facility, Sheriff Jamey Noel devised a program where seven participants would live among the general population (or “GenPop” as my crew and I used to call it) for 60 days without officers, fellow inmates or staff knowing their secret agenda, while around-the-clock cameras captured the “prisoners” as they adapted to unfamiliar and terrifying surroundings.

“After recently taking office, it was no secret that the Clark County Jail had problems and we needed to take quick control,” Sheriff Noel said in a statement. “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 program.”

Promising a “warts-and-all view of what life is like behind bars,” the 12-episode 60 Days In premieres Thursday, March 10 at 9/8c.