Beyond Scared Straight

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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

Last Updated: 4/28/2022Network: A&E
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Floyd County, Ga.
star
6.89
9 votes

#1 - Floyd County, Ga.

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/10/2013

A man suffering from cancer hopes that a stint in Georgia's Floyd County Jail will teach his angry teenage son an important lesson.

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Jessup Women's Prison
star
6.89
65 votes

#2 - Jessup Women's Prison

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 3/3/2011

Four shoplifting friends are exposed to a degrading prison entry process.

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Oneida County, N.Y.
star
6.90
10 votes

#3 - Oneida County, N.Y.

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/27/2012

A teen visitor to the Oneida County Correctional Facility in central New York takes a seat in a restraint chair, while another young hoodlum gets handcuffed before he even enters the joint.

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Mecklenburg County, N.C.
star
6.90
63 votes

#4 - Mecklenburg County, N.C.

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 8/18/2011

In Charlotte, NC, teen troublemaker Jose goes head-to-head with terrifying inmates and Sgt. Garrett, one of the toughest female jail deputies Beyond Scared Straight has come across. When Jose refuses to follow an order, Sgt. Garrett makes it her mission to break him down.

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Richland County, SC: Truth or Consequences
star
6.91
11 votes

#5 - Richland County, SC: Truth or Consequences

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired 8/1/2013

During a physically exhausting all-night jail stay in Richland County, SC, Aaron, 12, a habitual liar, confounds deputies by excelling at every exercise--despite having a broken arm.

Lake County, Fla.
star
7.00
6 votes

#6 - Lake County, Fla.

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 6/27/2013

A 12-year-old girl is reduced to tears during a frightening stay in Florida's Lake County Detention Center.

Oklahoma County, Okla.:  Insane and Chaos
star
7.00
16 votes

#7 - Oklahoma County, Okla.: Insane and Chaos

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/17/2013

A young Oklahoma offender tries to escape during a jail visit; preteen toughs are forced to display their loyalty to their respective rival gangs; a teen arsonist gets burned by his actions.

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Jessup
star
7.05
114 votes

#8 - Jessup

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/20/2011

Five teens learn the harsh realities of prison life at the Maryland Correctional Institution at Jessup, where dozens of menacing inmates, including convicted murderers, surround the kids and taunt them. The teens include Steve, 17, who likes the "outlaw" life; Brandon, 17, who's been arrested five times; Dion, who admits to selling drugs; and Sahn, 13, who steals polo shirts because he's got a "passion for fashion.

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Albuquerque, N.M.:  Dance, Bieber, Dance
star
7.10
20 votes

#9 - Albuquerque, N.M.: Dance, Bieber, Dance

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/3/2013

A stoner gets violent when inmates at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque, N.M., sully his girlfriend's honor; a 14-year-old "chick magnet" draws unwanted comparisons to a teen idol.

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Hagerstown
star
7.11
65 votes

#10 - Hagerstown

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/24/2011

Maryland inmates give a group of five at-risk teens a taste of prison when they are forced to eat "Lock-up Loaf," a brick of baked mush served to unruly prisoners. The teens include, Shane, 17, a redneck who is surprised he hasn't killed anyone, Garrett, 13, who HAS been kicked out of eight schools already, Brandy, 16, who skips school to smoke pot, her brother Shawn, 15, who protects Brandy at any cost and Richard, 18, a towering jock who drinks, blacks out and awakens bloodied from brawling.

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Queen Anne's County:  Outside and Inside
star
7.21
19 votes

#11 - Queen Anne's County: Outside and Inside

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/24/2013

A jail inmate tosses chairs at a young troublemaker; a 16-year-old boozer has a sobering experience at a funeral home; a surprise witness in the courtroom threatens a teen's freedom.

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Lieber
star
7.28
110 votes

#12 - Lieber

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 2/3/2011

Six at-risk teens experience Lieber Correctional Facility in Ridgeville, SC, to get a first-hand look and feel at life on the inside. The inmate-run "Operation Behind Bars" program locks up the teens in tiny cells, gives them a taste prison food and offers a glimpse into "Lock-Up," a prison within the prison for the worst of the inmate population. Shaming the teens with a stern tone, the program coordinator, civilian Nell Westbury, adds a unique voice to the inmate's onslaught.

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Oklahoma City, OK: Uncle Inmate
star
7.31
32 votes

#13 - Oklahoma City, OK: Uncle Inmate

Season 9 - Episode 8 - Aired 8/13/2015

Angry sisters Precious, 14, and Keyiona, 17, think they're tough enough for jail, until they are startled to discover a family member serving time at the Oklahoma County Jail.

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Chester County, S.C.
star
7.36
14 votes

#14 - Chester County, S.C.

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired 3/14/2014

A 15-year-old's world shatters when he sees his tough older brother wearing prison garb; a stoner takes a second tour of jail; deputies put the pressure on a baby-faced bully and a 19-year-old thief.

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St. Claire, Ill.
star
7.36
11 votes

#15 - St. Claire, Ill.

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/14/2013

Young brothers are separated soon after entering the St. Clair County Jail in Illinois; a stoner learns the pursuit of weed could land him among hardened criminals; a tough teen meets a meaner gang member behind bars.

Chester, SC - The Harder They Fall
star
7.38
21 votes

#16 - Chester, SC - The Harder They Fall

Season 8 - Episode 5 - Aired 12/18/2014

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Portsmouth County, Va.
star
7.38
13 votes

#17 - Portsmouth County, Va.

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/17/2013

Inmates at the Portsmouth County Jail lay some hard truths on a would-be rap star; pugnacious siblings are confronted with difficult choices; officers threaten to extend a disrespectful teen's visit.

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San Quentin
star
7.40
110 votes

#18 - San Quentin

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 2/10/2011

Four at-risk teens are brought to one of the nation's most infamous prisons to participate in the S.Q.U.I.R.E.S. program? the oldest inmate-run youth diversion program in the nation. The program, short for San Quentin's Utilization of Inmate Resources, Experiences & Studies, shows these kids the realities of prison life. They see the state's only male Death Row, are paraded past the heckles of the prisoners in the overcrowded cells and discuss how the constant fear of violence and physical harm is around every corner.

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Oneida, N.Y.
star
7.40
15 votes

#19 - Oneida, N.Y.

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 5/30/2013

Four troubled girls get a true taste of prison life during a stay at the Oneida County Correctional Facility.

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Chowchilla
star
7.40
198 votes

#20 - Chowchilla

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/13/2011

The Valley State Prison for Women.

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San Bernardino, Calif.:  Hold on Turbo
star
7.42
50 votes

#21 - San Bernardino, Calif.: Hold on Turbo

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired 7/10/2014

A 14-year-old from San Bernardino, Calif., who hangs out with hang members spends a memorable day behind bars.

Corcoran
star
7.45
123 votes

#22 - Corcoran

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/27/2011

Hardened criminals at the California prison that is home to Charles Manson give teens a taste of life on the yard, where any prisoner can approach the kids and give them a feel for the dangers of prison life. The teens include Stephen, 16, a violent youth who threatens his teachers; Josh and Armando, 16, twin brothers and gang members; Elijha, 15, a car thief; and Abraham, 16, who thinks that going to jail is no big deal.

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Richland County, S.C.
star
7.47
15 votes

#23 - Richland County, S.C.

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/20/2012

A Texas mother sends her three troublesome daughters to an overnight jail program in Richland County, South Carolina.

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St. Clair County, IL
star
7.48
48 votes

#24 - St. Clair County, IL

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/15/2011

A prison in St. Clair, Ill., is visited by teens who are threatened by screaming inmates

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Douglas, GA: Concrete & Steel
star
7.48
31 votes

#25 - Douglas, GA: Concrete & Steel

Season 9 - Episode 6 - Aired 7/30/2015

A 16-year-old who has run away four times refuses to back down to inmates or deputies at the Douglas County Jail in Georgia, where she discovers an unlikely ally behind bars.

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