Thursday, September 3 at 9 PM ET/PT on A&E
In an epic finale, A&E’s life-changing series looks back on nine seasons of the explosive encounters, hilarious one liners, and emotional breakthroughs that reached more than 550 troubled teens
“Beyond Scared Straight” has profiled dramatic prison and jail deterrence programs for nine seasons, aimed at keeping today's at-risk teens from becoming tomorrow's prisoners. The series is inspired by "Scared Straight!," the Academy Award and multiple Emmy-winning documentary film by Arnold Shapiro. Each one-hour episode has focused 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 followed 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.