Today I heard about this new show coming up and it looks kinda interesting. It’s on A&E and it’s seven individuals who volunteer to actually go to a county jail for two months. This is what A&E says about it: “Sheriff Jamey Noel has devised an unprecedented program to root out crime and corruption in the Clark County Jail. His plan is to send seven civilian volunteers into jail as undercover inmates. The participants all have unique motivations for joining the program, and have been given cover stories, training on the rules of inmate culture, and instructions on how to stay safe. Now they just have to convince the inmates and the officers that they are real inmates.”

Now, I haven’t watched an episode yet so I don’t know how they cover up the fact that it’s being filmed. That is my main complaint about so-called reality shows. There is a FREAKIN CAMERA MAN and lights and all this equipment in the room with you, how can it be “reality”? I wouldn’t be acting natural under those circumstances.

So, if they really make it seem like it’s undercover, then maybe this can be a real reality show. I am gonna check out an episode or two. Might be boring. Might be OK. I like that it’s the idea of the Sheriff in charge of that jail, and that they will use the money they got from it to improve the jail. Having been in jail and in prison, I can say these folks who volunteer are choosing to do something for a couple months that is not comfortable or cool. More power to them.

Here is a link to the page about the show, and you can see episodes on there. Check it out:
http://www.aetv.com/shows/60-days-in

  1. Joseph Marshall says:

    Concerning equipment: One reason reality shows have sprouted up like weeds over the last 16 years or so is because they are extremely, extremely cheap for the production companies to produce. Often all they need on site is
    1) A camera operator carrying a very small but very high quality camera with built in lights to be used when appropriate.
    2) One boom mic to capture sound which the sound guy holds overhead the camera
    3) An associate producer who handles a myriad of on-site duties such as coordinating with the on-site staff, taking care of release forms being signed etc..as well as helping with technical stuff and often conducts the questions/interviews off camera with only the participants answers shown.
    Again, as far as lighting is concerned that generally comes from the camera itself, unless they are doing an extensive sit-down interview utilizing multiple cameras thus requiring a bit more extensive lighting.
    All this to say, you literally have 3 people from the production company walking around with the bare minimum.

    And its not hard to make up cover-stories as to why they are filming. They could simply say they are shooting a documentary about prison life, with a focus on first time offenders. Additionally, to keep the real people they are interested in “protected” or “undercover” the crew will give equal time to other inmates as well that they have no intention whatsoever of using the footage, but the prisoner doesn’t know that. Thus when they interact with the real participants it seems the crew is just doing another interview. This tactic was used often with another show that did regular documentaries on inmates/jail/prison life.

  2. Rose says:

    So did you watch the Aftermath/interview segment? That teacher guy is simply Unbelievable…his whole attitude/mouth made me want to punch him lol. The guy that got hit, security guard, so naïve or something, delusional maybe?

    • Texas Magnum says:

      Hey Rose, I got a chance to see it last night. Man, that teacher dude is a trip. Some people are butt-wipes whether they are in jail or prison or out, right? He’s got to be as unliked wherever he is a teacher at, as he is on this show. Ha! And the security guard really needs to get a grip. He would be the worst type of CO. That is the type that will be scared shitless and compensate by being a real douche or by getting himself killed or kill someone himself, out of not knowing how to act.

  3. Rose says:

    I think you are right…just from what you’ve said, my son, etc. I think the guy that got whacked lol would def be in trouble not being able to escape but having to learn how to deal…ugh the real life jail/prison is def different. Not that I’m a knowitall expert or anything, but do have a medical background and do know that constipation can be uncomfortable but come on now people lol. Dear me. Hope all is well with you! All is moving forward here…daughter spent week in county on the revoke, court for that later this month…praying for her job sake and her kids sake they don’t make her do any more jail time…she has really done good in all ways this year since that screw up and knows shes gotta do whatever shes gotta do to get past all this. Hoping this is the last of the legal bs in my life time lol. Really am over it all.

  4. Sarah says:

    I have been searching the Internet for a while just trying to get a glimpse of what it is like to actually be in prison. My fiancé just got arrested and the max for his crime is about a year in prison. I don’t know whats going on and I’m really just looking for some answers. Does this show tell what’s it’s really like in prison? I’m am so scared and waiting for this whole ordeal to be over.

    • Texas Magnum says:

      Hey Sarah, I think 90% of the folks that find this site find it for the same reasons as you. First off, your guy might not be looking at any time at all if it’s his first offense with 1 year max. There’s a good possibility he will get probation. Then he needs to follow the rules and he’s all set. And other than that, it’s good to understand that jail is not the same as prison. There are some big county jails, like the one on the show, but a lot are much smaller and don’t have pods. I would say in general in Texas the food didn’t seem as good as the food they show these guys getting. Conditions are somewhat accurate. The crowding, the bunks set up, all of that. Parts of 60 Days In are pretty real, others seem staged to me. Overall I would say if this is your guy’s first experience with incarceration try not to freak yourself out reading too many things about how terrible it is. If he can’t make bail then every day he sits in jail is time served and will go towards his sentence. If he’s out then I hope he’s at least a little concerned about this himself and he does what he can to avoid any future trouble. Bottom line, neither jail or prison is a place anybody needs to be wasting away their lives. Peace ~ Magnum

      • Sarah says:

        Thank you so much. We don’t really know anyone else in this situation and it means a lot that you wrote back.

        • Texas Magnum says:

          Hey Sarah, You’re welcome. Feel free to shoot me another question if you run into things you are wondering about. That is what this site is all about. And if I don’t answer quickly, I know one of the other regulars like Rose is always ready to help as well. Peace ~ Magnum

  5. Rose says:

    I watched…kinda scary to me. I don’t have personal experience to compare to so anxious to hear your thoughts.

    • Texas Magnum says:

      Oh Rose, you know I guess I should have thought that the show could be nerve wracking for a mother or wife of an inmate. I think it seems pretty staged first of all. You can tell there are active camera men there shooting from all angles and sound and lights people – it doesn’t look like raw, concealed footage at all. So I say that the situations are all pretty contrived and staged. It’s a little bit real, the stuff that happens, but that isn’t so undercover as they made it out to be at all. And man, is that teacher dude a douche. Sorry, but he really is. Well don’t watch that show if it makes you nervous, watch Little House on the Prairie reruns. Ha! Peace to you Rose ~ Magnum

      • Rose says:

        LOL! That teacher guy and the housewife piss me off…I kinda want to throat punch them lol Nice mom thing to say huh? I don’t know if theres a reality show out there that is truly 100% real, how can it be?

        • Texas Magnum says:

          Yeah agreed, the teacher and housewife both need to adjust their attitudes. It’s OK you want to throat punch them, ha ha. That dude’s going to get himself punched for sure the way he’s going. That’s a much bigger jail than the county jail I was at for several months so who knows. And yeah, pretty much all reality shows are the same old same old, aren’t they? Thanks for reading my posts by the way.

          • Rose says:

            Sooooo Mr. Teacher Man is due to go back to gen pop and is in excruciating pain from not pooping and has to go to the ER. That is just NUTS to me…all the prune juice they were feeding him should of had him going like a duck lol…I think he was scared of gen pop. Sounds fishy to me lol.

          • Texas Magnum says:

            Yeah I don’t find that too believable. He’s wanting to just stay in seg. I think the fact that these guys can give a signal so they can get out is probably something they had to do but that right there is what differentiates it from the reality. The fact that you are there whether you are handling it or not is the thing that you have to get your head around early into things. That guy that left would not do well in the real world of prison, and teacher dude would be in a real bad place. I think all 3 of the girls would be struggling a lot if this was reality for them. Just my opinion, maybe they would figure it out.

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