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Scared Straight!, the Academy Award & multiple-Emmy®-winning documentary film by Arnold Shapiro, made a huge impact on audiences through its portrayal of an effective juvenile prevention/intervention programme at a NJ prison. Over the years, both the prison programme and the film have turned countless kids away from drugs, violence and crime, and kept them out of prison.
Beyond Scared Straight™ produced by Arnold Shapiro, profiles the new approach to keeping today's teens from becoming tomorrow's prisoners. The power of the original Scared Straight! programme has inspired dozens of inmate-run intervention programmes in men's and women's prisons across the country. In many dramatic ways, these 21st Century programmes are very different, because today's youth need a different approach - a combination of confrontation, information and communication to try to reach these at-risk kids.
These youthful offender programs put boys and girls of all ethnicities and backgrounds, ranging in age from 11-18, into intensive one-day in-prison sessions that show them the realities of life behind bars.
Each one-hour episode focuses on a different inmate-run programme in the U.S., and follows four or five at-risk teens before they attend the programme, throughout their day inside the prison, immediately afterwards, and then follows up with them one-month later to see the lasting impact of the experience on their lives. Beyond Scared Straight is about transforming the lives of young people through intervention and second chances.
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