No one wants to go to jail—it’s a fact that can’t be avoided.
While it’s true that prison is not supposed to be a luxury getaway, there are a lot of factors that make a stay in a prison a living hell, whether it’s the food, being away from your family, the drugs, violence, gangs, or denial of things we all take for granted.
This has been an important topic of debate among the presidential candidates.
While democratic candidates like Sen. Bernie Sanders call the current incarceration rate in America an “international embarrassment” and promise to make serious changes to the prison system, Trump and his supporters seem to see nothing wrong with it.
Trump perfectly summed up his stance when he said, “The next time you hear someone saying there are too many people in prison, ask them how many thugs they’re willing to relocate to their neighborhood. The answer: None.”
In an effort to help people see Sanders’ side of things, seven brave souls decided to spend two months in prison for A&E’s new docuseries “60 Days In.” The idea was to send impartial, unbiased people who did not commit a crime into the system to see what life really is like behind bars. Is it possible for these crime-free individuals to remain so throughout their stay?
According to the show's description, the project takes place at the Clark County Jail in Jeffersonville, Indiana, which holds approximately 500 prisoners with charges ranging from "drug dealing to first time offenders to capital murder."
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"These brave volunteers helped us identify critical issues within our system that undercover officers would not have been able to find," says Sheriff Jamey Noel of Clark County.
This project came about shortly after a Bureau of Justice Statistics study found that 68 percent of prisoners from 30 states were back behind bars within three years. With how corrupt the prison system is and how easy it is to catch oneself between a rock and a hard place, is it any wonder that many prisoners end up receiving extended sentences, or even find themselves in more trouble when they leave prison?
Check out a preview of “60 Days In” below:
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