Indiana jail to earn $60,000 from allowing TV show to film

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (February 22, 2016) – A county sheriff in southern Indiana says he’ll use $60,000 earned from letting a cable television show film in jail for training and equipment upgrades.

The News and Tribune reports that under a contract with A&E Television Networks the jail received $500 for every day of filming, which was scheduled for about 120 days. The 12-episode show “60 Days In” will follow seven people who volunteered to go undercover as inmates. It premieres March 10.

Clark County Sheriff Jamey Noel says he’ll use the money for an updated camera system and possibly a body scanner, which could help stop people sneaking drugs into the jail.

The sheriff says he wants to use the money for “anything that we do that can improve the jail operations.”