If you were asked to spend two months in jail, you probably would not do it.
But how else would the general public understand why the United States recidivism rate is so high? One Bureau of Justice Statistics study of released prisoners from 30 states showed 68 percent were back behind bars within three years.
A new docuseries premiering Thursday on A&E called “60 Days In” attempts to answer this question. The series follows seven ordinary people who have never been charged with a crime or done time as they willingly spend 60 days in jail. The impetus for this project is to understand what exactly is going on in lock-up and to have impartial people provide firsthand information so that effective reform can happen.