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IN People ON 13 Feb, 2016
Innocent civilians don't usually know much about prison life - what it's like, how bad it is - and so, most of us see prison life from one singular perspective..But now, here comes a television programme, named 60 Days In, that aims to show prison life from a different perspective. The show involves locking up eight innocent volunteers and recording their lives to show how they spen two months in teh facility, while all the time, no one at the prison knows of their real background.
This extreme reality TV show involves locking up eight innocent civilians in prison for two months. No one in the prison - neither the inmates nor the officers - are told of their actual background. The inmates are told that the new prisoners are being shot for a show about first-time inmates.
One of the eight volunteers soon dropped out after being punched by an inmate. However, the producer of the show believes that the result was worth taking the risk.
The volunteers of the show have their own reasons for participating. One of them is a social worker, another an ex-marine who thinks this experience can help become a DEA agent, and there's another man who wants to get a feel of the kind life his brother is leading in jail.
The participants helped in uncovering a lot of details about prison life. It was discovered that drugs were more easily available inside than they were found outside on the streets.
The participants also helped the jail in getting their hands on a tonne of information such as how contraband weapons are made. They also uncovered a scam that was going on in the jail. The scam was that the new inmates would not be allowed to use the bathroom safely unless they give some sort of a bribe.
The participants were provided proper counselling and training before being sent off into jail.
The participants were provided a safe phrase, 'I really miss the coffee', which was meant to work as an indication that they wanted to be removed from a potentially dangerous situation. They could also put a towel on their heads to send the same indication to the people watching the footage - which by the way, was watched all round the clock.