The second season of A&E’s reality series Beyond Scared Straight will retrun to the Crime & Investigation Network to finish airing its second season on Monday August 27th at 8pm, it has been announced.
A follow up to Arnold Shapiro’s documentary Scared Straight, Beyond Scared Straight takes a new approach to keeping today’s teens from becoming tomorrow’s prisoners. Each one-hour episode of the series focuses on a different existing “behind bars” program in the U.S. and follows four at-risk teens — before they attend the program, throughout their day behind bars, immediately afterwards — and then follows up with them one-month later to see the lasting impact of the experience on their lives. A combination of confrontation, information and communication, these youthful offender programs put boys and girls of all ethnicities, ages 11 to 18, into intensive one-day “incarceration” sessions that show them the consequences of bad choices and criminal behavior.
Speaking of the series, investigative filmmaker and executive producer, Arnold Shapiro, said: “For the most part, even the toughest teens breakdown, listen and take in – to one degree or another – what’s being said. Some leave the institution and make a 180 degree change. Some don’t change at all. But every inmate will tell you that even if just one kid is changed in a positive way, then all their efforts were worth it.”
While South African criminal psychologist and expert on rehabilitation, Dr Micki Pistorius, added: “The problem with teenagers is that they are governed by the pleasure principle; they believe themselves to be invincible and superior in intelligence compared to their parents, older people and authoritative figures. They do not consider the long term consequences of their actions. Would the experience of being incarcerated for a day and a night be enough to deter teenagers from committing crime? This is the motivation behind Beyond Scared Straight.”
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