Beyond Scared Straight

Follow-up: Suffolk County, MA - Girls

Premiere Date: August 20, 2012

In a city where your neighborhood defines your gang, four at-risk teen girls endure a day in a female jail and learn where their lives are headed. Though they walk into the jail together, the teens will turn on one of their own. Thalia, 15, is a frightening street brawler (she's even hit her own grandmother) who takes her fight to the inmates and deputies. When she refuses to taste jail food, the other teens force her. Jahmiya, 15, incurs the wrath of female inmates with thick Boston accents, when she uses a derogatory hand gesture. But it is Jahmiya, the scrappy thief, who leads the other female delinquents to gang up on Thalia, forcing her to take in parts of jail life no one should have to stomach. Pot-smoking Tina, 16, is shocked when deputies chain all the teens together.


Tina

Tina

At the Conclusion of Production
Since finishing community service for a prior offense, Tina now spends most nights with her father. Still welding, she no longer fights but continues to smoke marijuana.

Latest Update: May 2013:
Since the jail tour, Tina goes to school every day, has excellent grades, and works at a local teen empowerment organization, helping to organize peace conferences and other events to better her community. She is still welding and plans to attend Local17, a local trade school for sheet metal workers. Even with all of her forward progress, she does admit to still smoking pot.

Jahmiya

Jahmiya

At the Conclusion of Production
Jahmiya has stopped shoplifting but still takes her sister's clothes. After briefly running away, she was forced by the court to wear a tracking device and adhere to a 5 p.m. curfew.

Latest Update: May 2013:
Jahmiya is no longer fighting or stealing. However, since concluding probation in January, Jahmiya has had attendance issues at school. Finally realizing that she was not heading in the right direction, Jahmiya took her school counselor's advice and will be attending alternative school in the fall.

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