A&E's Emmy®-nominated series "Beyond Scared Straight," following derailed, defiant and disrespectful teens as they enter immersive jail programs aimed at deterring them from a life of crime, returns for a fourth season.
Inspired by "Scared Straight!," the Academy Award® and multiple Emmy®-winning documentary film by Arnold Shapiro, "Beyond Scared Straight" follows at-risk teens who have been in trouble for everything from fighting, theft, and drugs to promiscuity, gambling and gang affiliations. They are forced to spend a day (and sometimes a night) in jail, be confronted by convicted felons and experience the harsh reality of life behind bars.
Season 4 Highlights Include:
-In Georgia, returning audience favorite Deputy Jonathan Lyle takes on a "buckwild" partying runaway, a drug-dealing Jekyll-Hyde and a young teen who threatened his pregnant mother with a knife.
-Returning inmate "Hustle Man", a ferocious incarcerated killer, is dragged away from the teens after he tries to attack.
-12-year-old petty thief Alissa sobs uncontrollably at the sights and sounds of jail life, but, more shocking, her fourteen-year-old brother, himself having committed armed burglary and grand theft, refuses to comfort her amid the chaos.
-An explosive giant, Joseph, assaults his little brother and his adoptive parents until he comes face-to-face with menacing convicts and deputies.
-Maura, a privileged suburban shopaholic who steals just for the thrill, experiences the gritty consequences of her crimes.
-Cody sports tattoos indicating affiliation even though he doesn't claim a set--a dangerous circumstance on both sides of the bars, especially since he fears gang retribution for getting into a fight with a gang member at school.
-A beautiful cheerleader, Kristin seems set on following her mother's criminal past by running the streets, stealing and using drugs.
-Aaron, a feisty habitual liar, initially confounds deputies by easily overcoming physical challenge during an exhausting all-night jail stay (returning fan favorite Richland County, SC) until deputies set their sights on getting inside his mind.