A&E’s 60 Days In Redefines The Criminal Justice System

A&E’s new series 60 days in aired Thur. Mar. 10. The series follows seven men and women who go undercover in jail to reveal issues within Clark County Jail located in Jeffersonville, IN.  Clark County Jail had a known history of drugs and violence.

Good Morning America’s George Stophanopoulos called Clark County Jail “One of the worst prisons in America”.  Sheriff Jamey Noel took office in 2015, and made efforts to eliminate the drugs and violence.

“The county jail was in tough shape. I literally had moms saying how they want to feel safe knowing that if they have a kid going to jail, at least he’s not going to get drugs. In the Clark County Jail, you could actually get more drugs inside and cheaper than you could get on the outside” Said Sheriff Jamey Noel in an interview with entertainment weekly

Sheriff Noel agreed to A&E’s “60 days in” in an effort to clean up his jail.

“My initial thought was to put undercover police officers in the facility but my concern was I wouldn’t get the stuff that I was looking for – inmate behavior, inmate movements. We started getting a lot of local media coverage because we were doing these searches. I got a phone call from a production company saying they had an interest in what we’re trying to do. So, we kinda mutually suggested putting a regular person in.” Said Noel

Bryan Glover the Clark County Commissioner told WHAS11 he hopes “ 60 days in” opens up conversations about how  Clark County’s financial struggles negatively affect  the Clark County jail.

“The deepest, darkest secret in Clark County is what’s in that jail. I think we’re willing to show that so at least people can sit back and say we are transparent,” said Glover

After “60 days in” wrapped up five corrections officers resigned and five were fired over actions witnessed.

“60 days in” airs Thursday at 10 p.m. ET on A&E.

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