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Clark County Sheriff's Office announces changes prompted by A&E show '60 Days In'

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two seasons of a reality TV show have prompted a host of changes at the Clark County Detention Center.

The Clark County Sheriff's Office announced what's been implemented since the popular A&E show "60 Days In" aired.

Only 10 days passed between the taping of phase 1 and phase 2 -- which aired separately -- so officials say they had to wait until the end to make the changes. Officers received expanded training. Inmates programs were also expanded to include GED, Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.

"It was a big learning experience," said Clark County Sheriff Jamey Noel. "Do I have regrets? Sure. But overall, I think it was a good learning experience for us, and I also think that above and beyond, kids understand what happens when you go to jail and its a big deterrent, and kids don't want to come to jail."

Civilians volunteered to be a part of the show, where they pretended to be inmates inside the jail for 60 days. 

Noel says the hardest day was telling his staff at the Clark County Jail that there were cameras watching them. He says, "It was more than just a simple experiment of how can we fix the facility, but also how we can start looking at the effects of incarceration and hopefully that people will not want to come back to jail."

Noel says, "I know it's tough, you saw a lot of the bad stuff. We're going to fix all that."

Two body scanners were also purchased to keep weapons, contraband and drugs out of the jail. He says, "Why that's important to me to not just to keep the street level drugs that are hidden in body orifices when people are arrested, but also weapons for example like this weapon here that was found in one of the searches you saw based on undercover information that we got from participants."

As a result of the show, seven corrections officers resigned and five were fired. Several inmates were charged for crimes such as Intimidation, Battery, and Criminal Mischief.

Noel says, "It's been an experience of a lifetime, learning and seeing first hand." He goes on to say, "We wanted this to be a true learning experience. I didn't sit up in the control room to watch everything that was going on, hey let's go run down and fix this so it looks good for the cameras, you really saw in real time what was going on."

The  A&E network also donated a new camera system in one area of the jail.

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