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 third season.
"Beyond Scared Straight" is inspired by "Scared Straight!," the Academy Award® and multiple Emmy®-winning documentary film by Arnold Shapiro. The series follows at-risk teens who have been in trouble for everything from fighting, theft, and drugs to promiscuity, gambling and gang-relations. They are forced to spend a day in jail, interact with convicted felons and truly experience what a life behind bars is like. In the end, some change for the better, but for others, nothing changes at all.
The season premiere hones in on Boston, MA, where according to street law; the neighborhood you live in defines you; and behind bars, that means conflict. Two of the teen girls collide when they are forced together behind bars: Thalia, an unrelenting bully, fights anyone who gets in her way, even her own grandmother; but it is Jahmiya, a 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.
Later in the season, teens are taken to the morgue and an older brother is forced to consider how his actions could put his little brother into a body bag, one boy fails a lie detector test when asked about hitting his grandmother, a promiscuous girl is made to dance like a stripper in front of her paraplegic mom, infamous inmate "Ice Mike" returns from last season and forces the teens to put Kool-Aid powder on their lips, and a self-proclaimed white racist teen endures the wrath of the entire African American inmate population.
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There's no tough love in Beyond Scared Straight A&E's Emmy nominated series, only scare tactics made to terrify teens from leading a criminal life. From fighting, gang activity, theft, drugs, promiscuity, to gambling - these kids have headed down a destructive spiral. We meet them just at the fork in the road, where they might be open to transformation. From morgue visits to a day behind bars, some of these kids change for the better, while others don't change at all. Find A&E's Beyond Scared Straight DVDs at the official A&E Store. Through these episodes you will witness remarkable stories of American youths, and maybe help keep you loved one's on the straight and narrow.