Who is down for some new 60 Days In Recaps? We are in an Alabama jail this season, and spoiler alert! Most of the undercovers don’t make it the 60 days. It’s bad. County jails are the worst place to be locked up. And so it begins…
“Welcome to Etowah County, Alabama, the Heart of Dixie. We are a very conservative, Christian community. There’s a lot of things we don’t do on Sunday. We don’t cut grass, we don’t hunt, it’s the sabbath day. We enjoy eating Friday chicken and work six other days of the week.
“I’m Jonathon Horton and I’m the new sheriff in town. I took office Jan. 14 and cameras were rolling the whole time. I wanted to become sheriff so I could make a difference in the detention center and the community.”
The Seven New Inmates
We start out the season with seven undercover volunteers. Ashley, is a 29-year-old white police officer. But. that long blond hair will not be a benefit to her in the jail. She promises we will not see her cry. I bet we will. Jennifer is a black woman. Not sure of her age yet but probably in her 30s. Her job title is “Christian woman.” Apparently, she is there to bring everyone to Jesus. I predict she is the one who has a come to Jesus moment. Shanise is an older black woman who is an educator who works with at risk youth. I predict she will be running the pod within two weeks.
Dennis is a black guy who was a former college quarterback who “will not tolerate any disrespect.” Adam is a white college student majoring in political science. My money is on him to be the first to drop out. He will not last three days. Jacob is a white corrections officer. He’s big. He should be able to do this. Matt is a white guy who it appears was a Marine for awhile. He doesn’t give me Marine vibes he is a superfan. Dennis, man, this is all going to be on you. Jacob might be there with you but… YOU IN DANGER, Dennis.
The First Two Inmates Are Chosen To Go In!
Afters some very basic and irrelevant combat training for the guys, Matt is told he is going in first. And he is going in now. Then, Matt immediately goes outside and calls his wife and cries. Le sigh. There is no crying in the Marines! And there is certainly no crying in the county jail!
Then, it is time to train the females. They seem much less nervous than the guys. There is only one pod for the women. So they will be in there with people arrested for violent or deadly acts as well as traffic tickets. The sheriff says the women are a lot nastier than the men. It’s dangerous. Ashley is smart enough not to tell the other women she is a cop. She doesn’t look like a cop. Wow! Jennifer is 41! She looks a lot younger. She’s a minister in her church. She was a rebellious child who ran away at a young age, was a stripper at age 14, and had a child as a teen. Jennifer is going to be better at this than I thought.
The Women’s Pod
The cops pick Ashley to go in right away. She is ready to get it over with. No tears. She seems ready to do this. She has training as a cop and she’s been in the National Guard for 11 years. Ashley is shocked and horrified by her “pat down.” Not for the normal reasons, but because they barely did a pat down. No one watched her change clothes. There were no cavity searches. When she walked into the pod, her looks got her a lot of unwanted attention.
When she gets released into the pod for the first time with the other inmates, she is terrified. This place is insane. When she says this isn’t like any other jail she has seen on the show, she’s not lying. This jail is extremely overcrowded and full of mentally ill women and violent women. The women in the pink shirts have been charged with murder. There are a lot of pink shirts. Ashley is freaking out.
It’s Not As Easy As It Looks On TV!
Matt says that on TV it looks like you just check in to the jail. It took him nine hours to be processed in. As he is finally processed in, one of the other inmates asks what unit they are going to. The guard says “400.” One of the inmates says, “Oh SHIT! The thunderdome!” They are trying to rattle Matt and it is working.
Next, Jacob, the corrections officer, is going in. He tells us that for him to tap out it would take a shank to the body. I hope that is not foreshadowing. I love Jacob already. He has a cute house and family. On the way there, Jacob is told that intake is the one place that he cannot use the distress signal. Oh, this is sounding bad already. Jacob immediately notices that this jail may be worse than any of the previous jails on the show. He’s freaking out.
And We Have Our First Tap Out?
Dennis is going in on this episode too. I’m still not sure what he does but he seems to be living the good life. He is used to being admired and is really cocky. This is going to take him down a peg or three. The guy that I guess is second in command tries to tell Dennis not to be a pretty boy in jail. I am not sure Dennis gets it just yet. But he will.
He goes into the same holding cell as Jacob. They do not talk. But Jacob appears to be very stressed. Despite knowing that he can’t give the distress signal in intake, he gives the signal anyway.
Then they show the season previews. Pretty much everyone gives the distress signal at some point. Who will make it through?