On a heartbreaking episode, following the jail tour, the streets sadly take the life of a teen trying to head down a better path, inspiring those who remain to live better lives.
In Virginia, chaos takes over and officers spring into action when aggressive sisters Quaja and Quona and their cousin Tay-Tay are told they will be staying in jail overnight.
Chavez, 15, an explosive fighter and thief, taunts Georgia deputies and inmates by wearing a homemade t-shirt that mocks efforts to scare him straight. "Blue", 12, a pint-sized stoner, stayed out long after curfew and was kicked out of school for carrying weed. His big brother "Nard", 13, leading him astray, boasts that he hit a boy in the face with a brick. In jail, three threatening inmates surround Shafique, 14, a serial shoplifter, as he cowers in a jail cell bunk with nowhere to run.
At St. Clair County Jail in Illinois, a troubled teen disappears into a crush of angry inmates as deputies and his loyal, street-tough brother try to figure out where he has gone.
Football player Austin, 17, wants to join the SWAT team after graduation, but drugs and fighting are leading him straight to "the longest yard." Sixteen-year-old Logan assumes that as the son of a cop, he will never end up in jail, regardless of his at-risk behavior. At 6'1" and 230 pounds, Robert, 14, has been arrested four times for battery but meets his match in an officer twice his size. Sabrina, 14, who is failing the 8th grade, faces an aggressive inmate who threatens the same violent treatment Sabrina has dealt her own mother.
At Fulton County Jail in Georgia, a visit to the "alternative lifestyle" unit shows four at-risk teens that being different makes you an even bigger target in jail. One brother squeals on his younger sibling, leading one of them to be taken away in cuffs.
In Queen Anne's County, Maryland, troubled teens visit a jail, a funeral home and an emergency room, leading to a deadly encounter.
Fifteen-year-old fighter Steven becomes enraged and tries to run from officers to escape the harsh realities of Oklahoma County Jail.
For the first time, a violent teen featured on a previous "Beyond Scared Straight" episode is now a submissive inmate hoping to change the lives of a new group of teens in Floyd County, GA.
Alex, a 17-year-old stoner, tries to defend his girlfriend's honor against a cellblock full of snarling, tattooed inmates at Albuquerque's Metropolitan Detention Center.
Season 5 of Beyond Scared Straight on A&E® introduces more problem teens to the harsh realities of incarceration. This season, a fighter makes a run for it, only to be thrown into a cell with the imposing inmate she was trying to escape. A gang-banger is stunned to meet his incarcerated brother during the jail tour, and a promiscuous, drug-using teenage girl reveals to an officer that parenthood may be looming.
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.
The Emmy Award-nominated Beyond Scared Straight on A&E continues with Season 4. Offering a harsh dose of the reality behind bars, the show follows defiant and at-risk teens as they enter immersive jail programs aimed at deterring them from a life of crime.
An energetic deputy at the Floyd County Sheriff's Office in Georgia employs a chaotic mix of intimidation, ridicule, humor and finally respect to get through to stubborn teens.
Male teens are antagonized by guards and inmates to make them understand what prison is really like.
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 Hampton Roads, VA - Girls Fight Back, 12-year-old Trinity tears up when talking to inmates.
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.
In this scene from the episode Western Tidewater, VA / Family Ties, the teen group gets a taste of prison food which they have to eat or starve for the rest of the night.
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.
Scene lift: Prison guards persuade a teen to be a better role model for his younger brother
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/
A corrections officer details the high value placed on contraband inside the prison, and the lengths inmates will go to conceal it.
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.
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