In Chester County, SC, an abusive 16-year-old rapper challenges the power of the deputies, who then team together to restrain the troubled teen.
Rumors lead to violence when proud, gay teen Cedric, 15, beats a fellow classmate, sending her to the hospital and him to Fulton County Jail, GA, where he gets an eye-opening lesson in restraint.
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 consequences.
In Suffolk, VA, the jail becomes the scene of an emotional reunion for an incarcerated mother and her 14-year-old daughter, who seems destined for the same fate.
At Fulton County Jail, GA, Andarius, 13, claims gangs and lights fires. His plans to assault rival gang members are derailed when he gets caught ratting out a thieving convict.
Sixteen-year-old fighter Timothy lies to a judge, and the consequences may keep him locked up in Georgia's Douglas County Jail.
A defiant 15-year-old fighter thrives on violence, but an unexpected meeting with a close relative in jail, and another inmate's inspiring freestyle rap, leads to a one-two punch of reality.
In San Bernardino, CA, Angel, 14, runs with gang-members on the streets, but it's at home where he wields knives and becomes the most dangerous. Will a day behind bars cut him down to size?
Arrested for stealing, eighteen-year-old La Shavia is already behind bars when the tour of Chester County Jail, SC, begins but her criminal behavior is far worse than her crime.
At the St. Clair County Jail, IL, the loyalty of two inseparable sisters is tested when one must make the tough choice of either betraying her sister or staying in jail overnight.
Fresh from the hood, Boston teens face rival gang members whose local loyalties persist behind bars, when they tour the Suffolk County Jail in Massachusetts.
A 17-year-old thief named Corey steals multiple cars and has no remorse about being "gone in 60 seconds". When he discovers his stepdad imprisoned inside Fulton County Jail, GA his world comes crashing down.
A twelve-year-old boy genius, who is convinced he can outsmart anyone, is tested in the fundamentals of jailhouse survival at Georgia's Dougherty County Jail.
Two brothers and their sister are on a rampage of violence and crime until they are split apart in Oklahoma County Jail, OK.
Akira, a 14-year-old fighter whose father recently died, erupts in rage until the inmates and deputies of Virginia's Portsmouth County Regional Jail make her realize the source of her anger.
Nineteen-year-old Anthony is a self-described hustler, but when he angers the wrong inmate during the St. Clair County Jail, IL, "Beyond Scared Straight" program, he suddenly finds himself at the center of a screaming mob.
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?
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 Fulton County, GA, Female inmates in Fulton County, Georgia urge troubled teens to change their ways.
Inmates and deputies prove that today's bullies are tomorrow's inmates.
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 Douglas County, GA: Judgement Day, a teen thinks he's better than everybody else and argues with the judge.
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At-risk teens learn how cramped and dangerous a jail cell can be, especially when they make a call for help.
In this scene from the follow up special, After a jail visit, a teenage girl falls deeper into gang life
A corrections officer details the high value placed on contraband inside the prison, and the lengths inmates will go to conceal it.
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 St. Clair County, IL - Precious Time, the inmates in the youth block gang up and confront a teen.
In this scene from the episode, Jacksonville, FL, A troubled teen visits the morgue and is put in a body bag to make him realize how his actions effect his mother.
In this scene from the episode Oklahoma County, OK: Teen Father?, an officer helps a teen see his potential future if he decides to embrace the gang life.
In this scene from the episode Douglas County, GA: Judgement Day, a teen's mom does not show up for one of the most important moments of his life.
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