The BEST episodes of Beyond Scared Straight
Every episode of Beyond Scared Straight ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Beyond Scared Straight!
Beyond Scared Straight is a new series executive produced by Arnold Shapiro and based on his Academy Award and multiple Emmy-Winning documentary "Scared Straight!," that will profile unique approaches to juvenile crime prevention in prisons around the U.S. "Scared Straight!" has become an iconic name and a cultural phenomenon over the years. The film made a huge impact - showcasing the radical and effective juvenile intervention program that took place in a New Jersey prison. Since they were created, both the prison program and the film have turned countless kids away from drugs, violence and crime. 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; and this series will showcase several of them. Under the auspices of Arnold Shapiro, "Beyond Scared Straight" profiles the new approach to keeping today's kids from becoming tomorrow's convicts. Much like the original version of "Scared Straight!," these youthful offender programs put boys and girls of all ethnicities, ranging in age from 13-18, into intensive one-day in-prison sessions that show them the realities of life behind bars. However, in many dramatic ways, these 21st Century programs are very different from the original because today's youth needs a different approach. For current teens, city streets can be as dangerous as the life they believe exists behind bars. TV, film and music have glorified the gang and prison experience and the task of "scaring" teens is more complicated now than ever. As a result, inmates have had to adapt their methods - making them more a combination of intimidation, information and communication - and the results for the new program have proven to be equally effective. 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 the
#2 - Oakland County, Mich
Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired 7/11/2013
A large 14-year-old who attacks his adoptive parents meets the hardened inmates and officers of a Michigan jail.
#6 - Suffolk County, Mass.: Boys
Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired 1/31/2013
New visitors to the clink include a light-fingered football prodigy, a pot-smoking teen from the suburbs, and an aspiring rap star who thinks that hard time will improve his rhymes.
#8 - Portsmouth County, VA
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/1/2011
The at-risk teens of Portsmouth County, Virginia aren't afraid to fight back when confronted with a loud cellblock at Portsmouth County Jail. For one teen, a day is not enough and he is shocked when deputies show up at his home and return him to theWatch Now:Amazon
#13 - Charlotte County, Fla.
Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/7/2013
A teenage football star's drug use and violent ways threaten his dreams of a career in law enforcement; a police officer's son believes that he is above the law; a hulking teen troublemaker meets his match.
#15 - St.Clair County, IL: History of Violence
Season 8 - Episode 3 - Aired 12/11/2014
Darisha, 17 is a gangbanger who loudly challenges inmates, but is shocked to see a relative behind bars at St. Clair County Jail, IL. She then faces a situation after the tour with potentially fatal circumstances.Watch Now:Amazon
#17 - Oakland County, Mich. (Girls)
Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/12/2012
Female troublemakers known as the Three Musketeer learn some hard lessons behind bars.
#21 - St. Clair County, Ill.
Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 7/18/2013
Ferocious killer Hustle Man attacks an at-risk teen who refuses to comb another prison inmate's chest hair.
#22 - St. Clair County, Ill: Bunk & Junk
Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired 6/26/2014
A stint in jail tests the loyalty of two close-knit sisters; a teenage thief follows in the footsteps of his younger brother.
#25 - St. Clair, Ill.: Lexi's Lockup Lash-Out
Season 9 - Episode 9 - Aired 8/20/2015
When a spoiled, 15-year-old gang member is confronted by a swarm of angry inmates in jail, she fights back physically.