BEYOND SCARED STRAIGHT, presented by A&E and based on Arnold Shapiro's Academy Award and multiple Emmy-winning documentary "Scared Straight!," will profile unique approaches to juvenile crime prevention in prisons around the U.S. The series premieres Thursday, January 13 at 10PM ET/PT with a special 90-minute episode at a women's prison in central California.
"Scared Straight!" has become an iconic name and a cultural phenomenon over the years. The fact that it has been referenced on "Saturday Night Live" speaks volumes of its cultural status. The film made a huge impact by showcasing the radical and effective juvenile intervention program that took place in a New Jersey prison. Since they were created, both the prison program and the film have turned countless kids away from drugs, violence and crime.