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.
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 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?
In an emotionally devastating encounter, a teen gang-banger has a heart-wrenching talk with his desperate and remorseful brother, who is incarcerated at the Chester County Jail, SC.
Two brothers and their sister are on a rampage of violence and crime until they are split apart in Oklahoma County Jail, OK.
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.
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.
Male teens are antagonized by guards and inmates to make them understand what prison is really like.
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.
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.
Inmates and deputies prove that today's bullies are tomorrow's inmates.
In this scene from the episode St. Clair County, IL, teens react to the jail tour and talk about what they learned from the experience.
At-risk teens learn how cramped and dangerous a jail cell can be, especially when they make a call for help.
A corrections officer details the high value placed on contraband inside the prison, and the lengths inmates will go to conceal it.
At-risk teens visiting Florida's Charlotte County Jail learn about the undignified loss of privacy and personal possessions once they end up in jail.
In this scene from the episode Queen Anne's County, MD: Outside and Inside, teens in Queen Anne's County, Maryland visit the hospital morgue.
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 Douglas County, GA, a mother breaks down when she sees her daughter in a prison uniform. Watch More: http://www.aetv.com/beyond-scared-straight/
Hiding his identity, an undercover correctional officer at Queen Anne's County Detention Center in Maryland shows how everyday clothing can identify gang affiliation.
Beyond Scared Straight profiles the new approach to keeping today's teens from becoming tomorrow's prisoners. 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. In many dramatic ways, these 21st Century programs are very different, because today's youth need a different approach a combination of confrontation, information and communication to try to reach these at-risk kids. These youthful offender programs put boys and girls of all ethnicities and backgrounds, ranging in age from 11-18, into intensive one-day in-prison sessions that show them the realities of life behind bars.
In the special 90-minute premiere episode, five at-risk teenaged girls get a close-up look at Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla, CA. In addition to the grueling day that's planned, the prison has arranged for an extended stay - a total of 72-hours in prison - for the teens if they can't convince the inmates they're going to make positive changes in their lives.
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 their intensive one-day in-prison session and then follow up with them one-month later to see the lasting impressions the program has left on them.
In this scene from the episode St. Clair County, IL: Bunk and Junk, a teen learns his lesson after taking the jail tour and begins to think beyond himself.
Deputies reveal the purpose and power of the military ""boot camp"" style tactics of the Richland County Sheriff's Office's RESET program. Watch More: http://www.aetv.com/beyond-scared-straight/
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