Boston, MA (Girls)Aired on Aug 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.
Jacksonville, FL (Boys)Aired on Aug 27, 2012
In Jacksonville, Florida, four at-risk teens attend a three-part “scared straight” tour. Towering over nearly everyone, KeShawn, 15, is intimidated by no one. But when KeShawn witnesses his pint-sized little brother, Kevon, suffering the terrifying consequences of trying to imitate his big bro, KeShawn breaks down, and gets a glimpse of what the future holds for both of them. Also, Johnny, a white, self-proclaimed racist, endures the wrath of the black inmate population.
St. Clair, IL: The Return of "Ice Mike"Aired on Oct 04, 2012
Troubled teens that attend the St. Clair County Jail diversion program take a lie detector test that reveals some shocking secrets. Inmates “Ice Mike” and “Hustle Man” return (from last season) to confront a BMX-riding stoner, a fearless gangster, a terrorizing bully, and Summer–a promiscuous under age girl who just doesn’t say no to older boys–and her paralyzed mom can’t stop her. Summer experiences the humiliation of jailhouse make-up and the surprising reaction Ice Mike has to her shameful behavior. Summer freaks out when she sees an inmate strapped into a restraint chair, and going wild. Pot-smoking Austin, 15, discovers an inmate who dipped his hands into boiling oil while high on drugs. Jeremy, 17, is tormented by inmates when they learn he assaulted his grandmother. An entire cell block descends on the four teens–and they have nowhere to hide.
Hudson County, NJAired on Oct 11, 2012
Near the Jersey Shore, four cocky at-risk teens try to charm their way through a harrowing day in a New Jersey jail. Samer, an 18-year-old, is a kid on the make, selling tea as marijuana to unsuspecting teens as well as beating those who cross him. Inside one of New Jersey’s toughest jails, Samer is confronted by Sgt. Mahoney, an old school corrections officer who seems to revel in the barrage of intimidation he dishes out. But when Sgt. Mahoney exposes his own child’s fateful brush with the law, Samer starts to see how vulnerable he really is. Teshon’s spiritual grandmother prays that he will leave the gang life behind while Fredrick’s grandmother welcomes him to the jail–where she works as an officer. Their day in jail takes a frightening turn when a gunshot rings out, sending everyone to the ground.
Oklahoma City, OKAired on Oct 18, 2012
Four at-risk teens from the hard streets of Oklahoma City are confronted by gang members and their own emotions while touring the county jail. A hardened female inmate who is an avowed member of the Aryan Brotherhood zeroes in on each teen, regardless of race, describing a vivid and terrifying portrait of what she’s capable of doing to all of them. Juvenile Raven, a 13-year old street-smart gang member, believes in death before dishonoring her crew. But she finds out from juvenile gang offenders that female gang bangers suffer a brutal fate, whether in jail or on the street. Female inmates set their sights on Raven, who isn’t afraid to fight back. Teen gangbanger Taylon comes face to face with an inmate whose tattoos illustrate his lethal hatred of rival gangs. Teens are forced to wear weighted vests and pot-smoker Tori realizes she can’t handle the burden. In a final, emotionally haunting scene, the teens must confront their parents in a visitation room.
San Bernardino, CAAired on Oct 25, 2012
In San Bernardino County, outside LA, parents are losing control of their teens. Troublemaker Alexis tires of his parents’ rules and calls immigration authorities on them. Larry, an aggressive brawler, argues with deputies until one officer offers a life-changing deal that may reunite him with a long-lost family member. After a visit to the morgue, Jamayne, 14, breaks down sobbing, begging to be released from the tour. Child-like Andrew, who loves weapons, discovers that prison food is not so easy to stomach.
Lake County, FLAired on Nov 01, 2012
In the swamplands of Lake County, Florida, troubled teens find little to do but act out and break the law. Heather, 17, is a beautiful manipulator, who uses her looks to get what she wants. Mariah, 13, an angry thug who gets into physical fights with school officials and family members, is shocked to discover a member of her own family behind bars. When they both encounter a terrifying inmate with a nasty grudge nick-named “Big Hurt,” they discover that in jail it doesn’t matter who you think you are on the outside. Heather’s greatest shock, however, comes three weeks after the jail visit. And Nick, 12, who breaks down locked doors at home to steal from his mother, breaks down into tears when an enormous, gold-toothed inmate unlocks the secret behind his criminal behavior.
Fulton County, GAAired on Nov 08, 2012
In a Georgia jail, four at-risk teens are given a wide-eyed view of the justice system, from having to clean toilets in a cellblock to being interrogated by a judge. For Quantavis, a gangbanging drug dealer, even a humiliating drenching by a water bottle-toting inmate doesn’t seem to snap him out of his plunge toward catastrophe. But weeks after the tour he must make a life or death decision as cameras capture his choice. Child model Imani thinks she’s seen it all but her party lifestyle threatens to cut short a life of stardom. Twin bullies Tyra and Tyreq have always had each other’s back, but within minutes behind bars they are pitted against each other by inmates and deputies.
Richland County, SCAired on Dec 20, 2012
A frustrated Texas mother ships her three defiant daughters 1000 miles, so that they must endure the nation’s only overnight jail program in Richland County, South Carolina.
Oneida County, NYAired on Dec 27, 2012
A teen visitor to the Oneida County Correctional Facility in central New York takes a seat in a restraint chair, while another young hoodlum gets handcuffed before he even enters the joint.
Oklahoma County, OKAired on Jan 03, 2013
A spoiled drama queen thinks the tour of the Oklahoma County Detention Center is just a TV show populated with actors, but she is shocked by the reality of hardened criminals directing her every move.
Floyd County, GAAired on Jan 10, 2013
An angry teen’s cancer-stricken father hopes a trip to Georgia’s Floyd County Jail will change his son’s destructive ways before it’s too late.
Portsmouth County, VAAired on Sep 01, 2011
An at-risk teen, with dreams of a rap career, gets a wake-up call win he sees where his love of drugs and gang activity will lead, during a visit to the Portsmouth County Jail in Virginia.
Western Tidewater, VAAired on Jan 24, 2013
A bad attitude may be one promiscuous teen girl’s biggest weapon, but when she has to share a cell with her inmate cousin in Western Tidewater Regional Jail she finds out family ties do not bind behind bars.
Suffolk County, MA (Boys)Aired on Jan 31, 2013
Fresh from the hood, Boston teens face rival gang members whose local loyalties persist behind bars, when they tour the Suffolk County Jail in Massachusetts.
Follow-Up SpecialAired on Feb 07, 2013
In a special episode, Beyond Scared Straight revisits teens from the first few seasons to discover if the jail tours have had a lasting impact on their behavior. Among those visited are Sahn, an adorable 13-year old from Baltimore whose shoplifting supported his “passion for fashion” and Brandon, from Oakland County, MI, whose violent outbursts in jail caused him to be thrown off the tour. Also seen is Larry, from Season 3, who awaits the outcome of a promise made by a San Bernardino, CA deputy: that he would finally be reunited with his long-lost father. And sadly, the update of one teen whose tragic accident could never have been imagined. Alternatively shocking, uplifting and heart-wrenching, this follow-up also premieres never-before-seen footage and clips featuring memorable inmates Diabla, Green Eyes and Ice Mike.