A great resource for those in the helping field
This series is amazing. I work at a inpatient treatment center with 16 adolescent boys who are placed there for 6-12 months and are at risk for jail. I plan to show them these episodes in an effort to show them what jail is like. Thanks A&E for such great work!
Agh some kids honestly deserve to be screamed at, the way they "fix em' up here!" watching this show can change lives!!! Amazing show that's became my favorite!!!! =D <333333
From The Inside OUT.
Someone mentioned how ineffective the Scared Straight tactics have been proven to be - and in part, I would agree with that when gaging the out come as a One Size Fits All. Of course, there's no such program that guarantees 100% when you're dealing with a changing society full of politically correct agendas that try to fit a square peg in a round hole. It's just not that simple. Not everyone wears the same size shoe, nor can you deal with a kid on the same level, with the same words, same approach as the next. Each child is an individual, with individual issues that demand individual remedies - Sometimes the words can be subtle, offering advice and suggestions. (you can usually find that in local school levels and counseling sessions). But what about the Hard-Nose kids? Those youngsters who already made illegal use of drugs, gangs and violence a way of life? Those who've already concluded that there's no consequence to their bad behavior, because everyone has already washed their hands of them out of fear? What about those who've already pushed the envelop beyond the point where parents no longer feel safe, teachers are in constant intimidation and peers can society can only turn to look the other way? That's where the rubber meets the road. I served twenty three years in state prison for being one of those kids and had to learn the hard way. How I wish that some convict could have gotten in my face and scared the stupid out of me. Because after they're able to "break down those Tough Guy Images" from these kids, they work to Restore them to who they truly are inside. I know, because I worked along side the men you see in these prison (literally. I know them by name) The T.V program shows you the tough parts for the ratings of course - but I have to tell you, I've cried with many of these kids and watched the transformation from darkness back to being a kid again.
I think this is a good eye opener for some of these kids. Yes we can't save them all but we have to try. I teach at a very rough high school and I see these types of kids everyday. I can only do so much in the 56 mins I have them. With budgets being cut, there are no longer programs to help these kids. Has anyone purchased the Chowchilla episode? Why is it only 42 mins long when it was on A&E for an hour and a half?
Is it just me or.....
If you all watched it on tv it gave details about the womens crimes and on itunes for chowchilla it cuts it out! If im going to pay 1.99 for each episode i want the whole thing! Love the show though!
JAW DROPPING DOCUMENTARY
This show reminds me of the original 'Scared Straight' documentary I saw years ago in the '80s. It changed all but one of the at-risk teens on that show. I brought the Cowchilla episode to work to let a fellow co-worker watch it during his lunch. He got interrupted by a job that needed to be done, but the boss lady came in and watched it. And she sat there with her jaw literally on the table. She couldn't believe what she was seeing. This is one show to watch and programs like these should continue.
Program is Ineffective
Research has consistently shown that the scared straight intervention is not effective in preventing repeat offences by juveniles, including the original program in NJ. Although this is a very important issue in today’s society, the scared straight tactic is not the way to go; there are other more effective interventions. In fact, some studies show that the scared straight program increases the rate of repeat offences by juveniles as compared to juveniles that had no intervention. A & E should not be propagating these ineffective techniques but instead work to find solutions to this issue.
For more info:
“Scared Straight Programs: Jail and Detention Tours,” Anthony J. Schembri, Secretary Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.
Sherman, L.W., Gottfredson, D, MacKenzie, D.L., Eck, J., Reuter, P., Bushway, S. (1997). “Preventing Crime: What works, what doesn’t, what’s promising. A report to the United States Congress.” College Park, MD: University of Maryland, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
Petrosino Anthony, Carolyn Turpin-Petrosino, and John Buehler. “‘Scared Straight’ and other juvenile awareness programs for preventing juvenile delinquency” (Updated C2 Review). The Campbell Collaboration Reviews of Intervention and Policy Evaluations (C2-RIPE), November, 2003. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Campbell Collaboration. See also “Scared Straight Programs: Jail and Detention Tours,” Anthony J. Schembri, Secretary Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (2006).
Washington State Institute for Public Policy. “Evidence-based Juvenile Offender Programs: Program Description, Quality Assurance, and Cost,” June 2007.
The more interventions the better
By Craig CJ
I'm a Juvenile Detention Officer and I've been using the Beyond Scared Straight episodes as a tool for a group that I started running. Myself and another Officer view a Beyond Scared Straight episode with a group of Juvenile offenders and then have an open discussion on the episode. We discuss whether or not the episode affected them, what their course of action is to stay out of placements. It seems to be effective, but we won't get a true idea of how effective the group is until the juveniles leave our facility and go back into the community. My hope is that my group and the Beyond Scared Straight programs can save atleast one kid.
By momma duece
I worked at one of the institutions in the film. I thought it was done really well. I have had the chance to sit in on some of these meetings and they are as they are filmed. I agree that this will help some kids but unfortunately it will not help others. Depending on their ages some have seen this as a joke, thought it was funny, but there were those who had tears in their eyes when the inmates yelled at them from their windows. I think it is a step in the right direction. I also think this program should be included in some school programs at an early age.
the real world
This was a great show it should be manditory that theses kids spend a weekend there sign them put them through the whole process but non the less great show at least show these in schools so the young people of today can see whats down the road if they break the law