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A&E has renewed new docu-series “60 Days In” for Season 2 ahead of its series premiere on Thursday, the cabler announced Tuesday.

The series follows innocent participants who enter the dangerous world of incarceration at the Clark County Jail in Jeffersonville, Indiana, to shed light on the realities of the correctional system.

“’60 Days In’ is the perfect example of A&E’s unique brand of disruptive non-fiction storytelling that takes viewers outside of their comfort zone,” said A&E EVP and Head of Programming Elaine Frontain Bryant. “As soon as footage from Season 1 began to come in, we knew we had something special and we immediately ordered a second season. We hope viewers will share our passion for this groundbreaking series.”

Due to the facility’s recent corrupt history, Sheriff Jamey Noel initially devised this program to have participants live among the facility’s general population for 60 days without officers, fellow inmates, or staff knowing their secret. To re-implement the program, the second set of participants completed their time in the facility before any prison staff or officers were aware of the program, ensuring secrecy and their safety. Clark County Correctional Jail houses approximately 500 prisoners, with inmates serving time for everything from drug dealing to capital murder. Just as in the first season, Season 2 volunteers were followed by hundreds of cameras planted throughout the jail.

Season 1 premieres Thursday, March 10 at 9 p.m., while Season 2 will follow eight new participants and premiere later this year. Variety critic Brian Lowry described the series as “an undeniably compelling if highly questionable concept” in his Season 1 review.

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

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