At all Beyond Scared Straight jails, like this one in Hampton Roads County, VA, inmates receive no special treatment for trying to set teens on the right path. What drives them to change lives for the better?
Officers of the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department, show the kids the kitchen and food that they will eat when they come to jail.
A prison guard promises to help a troubled teen find his biological father if he agrees to change his behavior.
In this scene from the episode Charlotte County, FL, a teen changes his ways in Charlotte County, Florida.
In this scene from the episode Oklahoma County, OK: Insane and Chaos, Baby Gangster, a female inmate in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma tells her story to juvenile delinquents.
In this scene from the episode Douglas County, GA: A Family's Loss, the female teens meet face-to-face with the female inmates and witness the jail environment firsthand.
In this scene from the episode St. Clair County, IL: Bunk and Junk, the teens meet the kitchen staff who describe just how disgusting jail food can get.
In this scene from the episode Western Tidewater Regional Jail, VA, Female inmates talk to troubled teens about the harsh realities of prison life, sharing their experiences and urging them not to make the same mistake. Watch More: http://www.aetv.com/beyond-scared-straight/
In Jacksonville, FL, the tragic aftermath of a teen murder leads to anguish, guilt and, ultimately, reconciliation for an ex-con and the victim's family.
At the Floyd County jail in Rome, GA, it is not uncommon for an at-risk teen to tour the jail and run into incarcerated family members.
In this scene from the episode Floyd County, GA: Snitches Get Stitches, Toby, a teen previously on Beyond Scared Straight, is now in prison. Toby talks about his first night in jail and urges teens to take the guards seriously.
In this scene from the episode Hampton Roads, VA: Jail House Rap, an inmate who went through the Scared Straight program 10 years ago raps a cautionary tale for the teen group.
Hiding his identity, an undercover correctional officer at Queen Anne's County Detention Center in Maryland shows how everyday clothing can identify gang affiliation.
Beyond Scared Straight profiles the new approach to keeping today's teens from becoming tomorrow's prisoners. The power of the original Scared Straight! program has inspired dozens of inmate-run intervention programs in men's and women's prisons across the country. In many dramatic ways, these 21st Century programs are very different, because today's youth need a different approach a combination of confrontation, information and communication to try to reach these at-risk kids. These youthful offender programs put boys and girls of all ethnicities and backgrounds, ranging in age from 11-18, into intensive one-day in-prison sessions that show them the realities of life behind bars.
In the special 90-minute premiere episode, five at-risk teenaged girls get a close-up look at Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla, CA. In addition to the grueling day that's planned, the prison has arranged for an extended stay - a total of 72-hours in prison - for the teens if they can't convince the inmates they're going to make positive changes in their lives.
Each 60-minute episode of Beyond Scared Straight will focus on a different prison program in the U.S., following 4 -5 at-risk teens. Viewers will follow them as they attend the program, experience their intensive one-day in-prison session and then follow up with them one-month later to see the lasting impressions the program has left on them.
In this sneak peek from the episode, 'Hudson County, NJ', One of the at-risk teens gets to talk to his father, who is a inmate at the jail.
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