60 DAYS IN on A&E, Season 2.

’60 Days In’ on A&E: Are Undercover Inmates Really Necessary in the Clark County Jail?

Tonight on A&E, fans will continue taking a closer look at the American justice system with “60 Days In” and “Behind Bars: Rookie Year.” But, are the pseudo-inmates of “60 Days In” really there for the good of Clark County Jail or just there for a TV show?

Things are not going that great for the participants of “60 Days In” this season. Sheriff Jamey Noel of the Clark County Jail picked eight new participants with an interest in the criminal justice system to enter the prison program for a deeper dive into the drugs, violence and internal corruption exposed during Season One. However, they don’t seem to be hacking it any better than last season–worse, perhaps. Two participants, Chris and Brian, have already thrown in the towel, and things seem worse than ever in the Clark County Jail.

We’re not sure if all jails are as bad as Clark County Jail–we’ve never been in jail, fortunately–but a lot of the problems seem like things that one would not need pseudo-inmate plants to find out. For example, there is basically zero guard presence in the pods; is this truly a problem that cannot be ascertained without undercover information? Drugs and other “contraband” are rampant in the jail, and if television cameras can capture their presence and subsequent use so easily, why are guards and prison officials so befuddled? Or, is the truth just one simple fact: Without the various issues, there is no basis for a reality show?

Tonight, on an all-new episode of “60 Days In,” we do not expect things to get any better. Chris and Brian are gone–no surprises with either one. On episode “Dangerous Loyalty,” according to A&E:

Sheri, Ryan and Quintin find themselves going deeper undercover as Dion and Ashleigh grapple with their respective pasts. Monalisa has a major revelation about her daughter.

And, following “60 Days In,” an all-new episode of “Behind Bars: Rookie Year”:

For rookies, the mental game in prison can be even more challenging than the physical one. D’Angelo is frustrated when he has trouble catching inmates in his unit with contraband. Lilly learns a hard lesson about trusting inmates when a phone goes missing in the pod. Purto joins the elite STIU team to interview a gang member. New rookie Chaz hits the line and hopes to live up to his father’s legacy.

Stay tuned.

“60 Days In” is produced by Lucky 8 TV for A&E Network. Executive producers for Lucky 8 TV are Gregory Henry, Kimberly Woodard, Isaac Holub and Jeff Grogan. Executive producers for A&E Networks are Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro, Drew Tappon and Brad Holcman.

“Behind Bars: Rookie Year” is produced by Lucky 8 TV for A&E Network. Executive producers for Lucky 8 TV are Gregory Henry, Kimberly Woodard, Isaac Holub and Jon Hirsch. Executive producers for A&E Networks are Drew Tappon and Brad Holcman.

“60 Days In” airs on A&E on Thursday nights at 9/8c; “Behind Bars: Rookie Year” follows at 10/9c.

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