When Sheriff Horton takes office and finds his jail in dire need of reform, he enlists the help of seven innocent civilians to go undercover as inmates to uncover intel on the issues that plague the Etowah County Detention Center.
With five participants already embedded in the jail, one of them drops out as others give the distress signal, leaving the Sheriff and his team wondering if completing the 60 Days In program is even possible at this facility.
As the last two participants enter the Etowah County Detention Center, many of the others struggle to remain in the program.
With multiple participants already tapped out and another breaking all the rules, the program at the Etowah County Detention Center is at risk of failure, forcing Sheriff Horton and Chief Peek to take drastic measures.
On Mother's Day, the women in the female pod are blindsided by a returning officer, while a new participant enters the men's pod in an attempt to save the program.
Following the events of Mother's Day, Ashley, Shanese and Jennifer struggle against demons of all kinds, while the men are challenged by new cellmates.
As Alex reaches a turning point, Ashley and Jennifer turn on Shanese while a competition develops between Dennis and another participant.
The remaining participants are left reeling after an inmate is shanked at the Etowah County Detention Center, and one more drops out of the program.
With only four participants left, the remaining men vie for status in the pod, but Ashley fears the female inmates know she's a police officer, forcing Sheriff Horton and Chief Peek to make a difficult decision.
Tony and Dennis try to get their hands on drugs, while Jennifer strives to save a troubled inmate. But will they have enough information for Sheriff Horton to fix his broken facility?
Etowah County was the most challenging jail in "60 Days In" history. In an unexpected move, Sheriff Horton is sending five additional participants into the facility for 30 days to see how far the facility has come.
As the last two participants embed in the facility, reality sets in for the special ops team, and Tony gets right back to work.
Heather and Vanessa are left reeling after two violent situations are mishandled by the officers, while Tony and Donovan get to work searching for drugs and contraband.
Tony butts heads with another pod boss, Donovan continues his quest for chew, Vanessa gets a dangerous new cellmate, and Heather's relationship with Betsy escalates.
While Donovan and Tony push well outside their comfort zone, the women witness things that bring them both to tears.
With the program winding down and suspicions on the rise, Sheriff Horton performs one final shakedown to gauge how far his jail has come since he first took office.
The Phase One participants reunite to relive their time in the Etowah County Detention Center, air grievances, and find out who really had each other's back.