Eight participants will voluntarily enter lockup for two months

By Steve Helling
Updated July 07, 2016 06:50 PM
Courtesy A&E

Take eight innocent people from all walks of life and lock them up in Clark County Jail in Indiana for two months. Don’t tell anyone that they aren’t really criminals – not the guards, inmates, or even the other participants. The only people who will know that these are reality stars are the sheriff and the warden.

Now film the whole thing, using surveillance video and a “documentary” film crew. What could possibly go wrong?

If you watched the first season of A&E’s 60 Days In, you know that a lot can go awry. Participants can experience physical fights, unwanted attention from other inmates, and even disciplinary action.

It sounds like a lot to go through for a reality show, but producers at A&E insist that there is a higher purpose than just entertaining the masses. During Season 1, many of the participants were able to inform authorities about the problems that the jail was facing.

And besides that: the show was absolutely riveting, and became the #1 rated unscripted cable show.

The second season premiers on Aug. 18 with an all-new cast who seem perfectly suited to weather the storms of prison life. (Fun fact: unlike other reality shows, quitting is very difficult. It often takes days for the paperwork to be completed.)

An exclusive preview is at the top of this story, and the cast list is below.

Dion, a 24-year-old graduate student who is about to receive his a Masters in Criminology, Law and Society. He’s counseled youth in juvenile detention centers in the past and now wants to focus on bettering neighborhoods and ultimately young kids’ lives.

Ryan, a 27-year-old medic who enlisted in the Army Reserve and hopes to become a police officer.

Sheri, 39, a former corrections officer who is now a stay-at-home mom to three little girls. She hopes that her experience will help her when she returns to the workforce.

Monalisa, a 49-year-old mother of an incarcerated daughter who started a national support and advocacy group for parents of jailed children.

Quintin, a retired police captain who now works as a private investigator and bounty hunter. The 53-year-old has seen the inside of many jails – just not as an inmate.

Ashleigh, a 29-year-old mom and recovering addict who has been sober for four years. She is purusing a career in social work and drug/alcohol rehabilitation. Her husband, Zac, participated on the first season of the show.

Brian, an attorney with the Department of Corrections. He works with the Internal Affairs office during their investigations. The 39-year-old lawyer often recommends penalties for corrections convicted of misconduct.

Chris, a 25-year-old brother of a former convict. He feels like jail damaged his brother and wants a deeper understanding of incarceration.

The second season of 60 Days In premieres on August 18.