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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Participants have a variety of reasons for going undercover, some of them quite noble, including one woman who hopes her intervention will ultimately help the inmates. Positive messages are subverted by the fact that inmates are being shown on TV without their knowledge (they believe they're being filmed for a documentary).
Positive Role Models
All of the participants we get to know are brave; some are more open-minded and kindhearted than others. Prejudices shift over the course of the season.
Violence & Scariness
Footage of prisoner altercations, a woman crying in pain; inmates being roughly handcuffed or pushed to their knees; guns are pointed and fired during target shooting; inmates scuffle and wrestle and occasionally viciously punch or kick one another; the danger of participants' situation is underlined repeatedly with scary music playing; some discussion of the specifics of crimes including murder.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Jokes about sex in prison; references to rape.
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Hell, damn; bleeped "s--t" and "f--k." Correctional officers call men a "bitch" implying cowardice.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Discussion of drugs in a criminal justice context, footage of inmates smoking (presumably) marijuana and snorting cocaine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 60 Days In is a reality show about seven individuals who pose undercover in a county jail to expose corruption. The show plays up the more dangerous and violent aspects of jail, lingering on shots of prisoners fighting, smoking marijuana, and more. Guns are fired during target practice; discussion of crimes; references to and jokes about prison sex and rape. Participants are attacked, punched, and hurt; one is confined to solitary. Cursing includes frequent bleeped f--k and s--t." Drugs: marijuana and cocaine, used onscreen, as well as references to drugs in a criminal justice context.
Is It Any Good?
Scary and interesting if a bit ethically suspect, this show satisfies the curiosity of non-offenders, who might wonder, "how would I handle it if I were imprisoned?" Watching the innocent mingle with the (presumed) guilty, however, has a side-effect: the viewer is complicit in a lie, since prisoners who appear on the show are told that they're being filmed for a "documentary." Were they told that it would be shown on national television and appear more as a reality show? We are shown the inmates signing releases, but not their informed consent, which adds a sleazy and unwelcome layer to this program. Nonetheless, it's absorbing enough, generally centering on the kind of drama that prison shows, reality or scripted, tend to center on: fights, people screaming, arguments over scarce resources, furtive prison sex. It may scare teens straight, but adults won't learn anything new.
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