Beyond Scared Straight

Observing programs for troubled teens in which inmates reveal the realities of prison life in the hope of deterring them from a life of crime.

Stephen Update Two Years Later
Stephen, who'd gotten in trouble for assault with a deadly weapon, talks about how he's doing in this clip from Season 3, Episode 17, "Follow-Up Speci (more…)
Sahn Update Three Years Later
Sahn, who had gotten in trouble for shoplifting, talks about how he's overcome his obstacles in this clip from Season 3, Episode 17, "Follow-Up Specia (more…)
Tori Update One Year Later
Tori, who used to get high and drunk, talks about how the Reality Check program affected her in this clip from Season 3, Episode 17, "Follow-Up Specia (more…)
Treszura Update One Year Later
Treszura, who had gotten in trouble for her behavioral issues, discusses how she's doing in this clip from Season 3, Episode 17, "Follow-Up Special."
Ashley Update One Year Later
Ashley - who used to fight, do drugs, and partook in gang activity - discusses how she's been doing in this clip from Season 3, Episode 17, "Follow-Up (more…)
Johnny Update Six Months Later
Johnny - who got in trouble for fighting, racism, and drugs - talks about whether the program affected him in this clip from Season 3, Episode 17, "Fo (more…)
Stop Doing What You're Doing
Some of the inmates sit down for a heart-to-heart to explain to the boys how they ended up incarcerated in this clip from Season 3, Episode 16, "Suffo (more…)
The Inmates Get Tough
The boys get a stern talking to by one intimidating inmate after the next in extremely close quarters in this clip from Season 3, Episode 16, "Suffolk (more…)
Maximum Security
The boys meet some very aggravated inmates locked up for the long haul in this clip from Season 3, Episode 16, "Suffolk County, MA (Boys)."
The Real Deal
After the kids write sincere essays about what they've learned and why they should be released, the parents let them come home in this clip from Seaso (more…)
Ain't Nobody Here to Save You
The inmates confront the kids - one of whom turns out to be an inmate's cousin - about how they're messing up their lives in this clip from Season 3, (more…)
Not Going Home Today
Some of the parents decide that their kids haven't learned their lesson and should stay overnight in this clip from Season 3, Episode 15, "Western Tid (more…)
Dylan Fights His Mother on Camera
Dylan's mother and brother are terrified of the physical abuse he puts them through in this scene from "Richland Country, SC: Final Jeopardy."
Can't Handle It
When the kids are brought into the inmates' housing area, some of them can't physically handle it in this clip from Season 3, Episode 14, "Portsmouth (more…)
You Ain't Going Home
One of the boys, who has a penchant for talking back, is separated from the group because of his attitude problem in this clip from Season 3, Episode (more…)
Literally Rapping Some Bars
One of the kids turns out to be quite the rapper, but his need to show off doesn't sit well with the men in charge in this clip from Season 3, Episode (more…)
Didn't Show Up
Most of the boys' parents - all except for one - arrive for a jail visit to talk to their sons about what's they've learned in this clip from Season 3 (more…)
This Ain't Where Y'all Wanna Be
The inmates open up to the boys about the violent, frightening realities of jail and encourage them to choose a better path in this clip from Season 3 (more…)
Unplanned Intimidation
While the boys are held momentarily in cells, inmates rush them and bully them before guards finally show up in this clip from Season 3, Episode 13, " (more…)
Three Sisters Meet Their Match
Three out-of-control sisters struggle through the stressful, regimented environment of jail in this clip from Season 3, Episode 10, "Richland County, (more…)
A Teen's Turning Point
Three troubled sisters from Dallas and other girls attending an overnight program meet an ex-con who's just now trying to get her life together in her (more…)
Three Troubled Sisters from Texas
The Richland County Sheriff's Department lets a distraught mother from Dallas bring her three troubled daughters to stay in their overnight program in (more…)
Tiny and Twin Terrorize the Teens
Female inmates Tiny and Twin try to shake some sense into the teens by intimidating them in this clip from Season 3, Episode 12, "Oklahoma County, OK. (more…)
Your Name Is Cupcake
The inmates and guards try to get the teens to see the error of their bratty ways in this clip from Season 3, Episode 12, "Oklahoma County, OK."
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