Premiere Date: February 3, 2011Full Episode Details
Six teens, some of whom had already served time in juvie, got a dose of grown-up prison life at the Lieber Correctional Facility in South Carolina. The inmate-run “Operation Behind Bars” program put the teens in tiny cells and introduced them to “Lock-Up,” the prison within a prison for the worst inmates.
AT THE CONCLUSION OF PRODUCTIONThough he hasn’t kicked his pot habit, Shane has stopped drinking and has stayed out of trouble with the law.
LATEST UPDATE: DECEMBER 2011According to his sister, Shane was recently expelled from his high school for being in possession of marijuana while on school grounds. He had to appear at court for his possession charge – a misdemeanor. Shane still continues to smoke pot daily.
Shane’s mother negotiated with the school board to let him continue his schooling through an in-home curriculum that meets his high school’s requirements to graduate. But she must make sure that he completes all his school work from home.
Shane has been getting haircuts to keep his hair out of his eyes.
AT THE CONCLUSION OF PRODUCTIONDetermined to provide for his son, Harold continues his job search. He visits his own father on weekends.
LATEST UPDATE: DECEMBER 2011Harold is 17 years old and a senior in high school. His grades are average, and he does not participate in sports or school activities. Harold is living with his mother until he can afford his own apartment.
He cut marijuana completely out of his life and is working part time at a landscaping company. Harold still maintains a relationship with Spelaisha, his baby’s mother, and sees his son on the weekends. Once he graduates high school in the spring 2012, Harold plans to attend a trade school where he hopes to become a certified welder.
AT THE CONCLUSION OF PRODUCTIONAccording to his mother, Tyler still smokes pot, is disrespectful and cares little about school.
LATEST UPDATE: DECEMBER 2011According to Tyler’s counselor, “Tyler is thriving.” Tyler is currently attending a military academy. Tyler is no longer smoking marijuana, and the structured environment at the military academy has helped Tyler learn how to control his temper. He recently earned the rank of Sergeant Standard and is responsible for watching over a company of lower ranking students.
AT THE CONCLUSION OF PRODUCTIONKatie no longer drinks, has a part-time job, but still struggles to quit cigarettes and to keep her room clean.
LATEST UPDATE: DECEMBER 2011According to Katie’s counselor, Katie is doing well in school. Rather than hanging out with the wrong crowd at school, she now chooses friends who care about her. When she’s not in school, Katie spends her time working at a resort hotel near where she lives.
Katie is still very close friends with Logan. According to Logan, Katie plans to move into Logan’s apartment in the next couple of weeks.
AT THE CONCLUSION OF PRODUCTIONLogan was expelled for causing a disturbance. She is now taking online classes to graduate and has stopped partying.
LATEST UPDATE: DECEMBER 2011Logan was one week away from turning 17 years old when she found out she was pregnant. In August, Logan gave birth to a healthy baby boy. The baby’s father helps by providing some financial support, but he and Logan are no longer together.
Logan earned her G.E.D. at her local community college and is currently working two jobs to support herself and her baby. She quit smoking marijuana the day she learned of her pregnancy and has been clean ever since.
Logan lives at her new apartment, which she pays for herself. Katie is still very close friends with Logan. Katie and Logan have agreed to be roommates, and Katie plans to move into Logan’s apartment in the next couple of weeks.
AT THE CONCLUSION OF PRODUCTIONAttending church regularly and seeking part-time work, Devonte remains out of trouble.
LATEST UPDATE: DECEMBER 2011School officials found brass knuckles, marijuana, and alcohol in Devonte’s vehicle. The vehicle was parked on school property, and Devonte was expelled from the school. The school board is allowing Devonte to be eligible to graduate. Currently, Devonte is attending an adult learning center where he hopes to earn his G.E.D.
On Oct. 1, 2011, Devonte was arrested on the streets for being in possession of a concealed firearm – a pistol. Devonte was released on bond and is expected to appear in court Dec. 2, 2011. If Devonte fails to appear in court, a felony warrant will be issued for his arrest.
Devonte is currently living with his maternal grandmother and cousin. He no longer participates in the Habitat for Humanity program. He is no longer going to church. According to Devonte’s mother, “Devonte ain’t doing nothing with his time.”