Reality TV: ‘Lockup’ filming sparks county feud

Hamilton County’s jail is the star of a new reality TV show premiering this week, sort of the Kardashians with blood, death threats, snitches and a guy who stabs people with pencils.

Sheriff Jim Neil is satisfied with how the show turned out, but not everyone in county government is happy.

Several top county officials, including county commissioners and representatives of the prosecutor’s office, were consulted about the show last year and warned that it would be a bad idea.

County Administrator Christian Sigman said in an email to county officials last March that allowing camera crews from MSNBC’s Lockup series into the jail could damage the county’s image and create unnecessary safety and liability risks.

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