Saw this episode on A&E called "Beyond Scared Straight". Its about teenagers getting a rude awaking and a huge attidude adjustment. These teens are taken on a field trip to the State Prison. Tonight the teens are in Cali and go to the prison where Charles Manson is kept. The inmates talk with them the CO's treating the teens just like they treat the immates, within reason, no strip search. Then the immates will be taking the teens all thru out the prison like the chow hall, the yard, cells ect. These teens already commited crimes like grand theft, drug possession, fighting, skipping school or got involved in a gang banger life. The teens are told by the immates how they got there, like 1st degree murder, manslaughter, vehicular homicide ect. The immates go all out to get the point across these teens and why they do not want to be put in the prison. I think this is a excellent program and other states should be looking into this program. Nip it in the bud before something happen that they can't take back. What do ya'll think?
It's Hollywood and ratings. All for cause and effect. it is a excellent scared straight sorta idea. The reality is it's all about ratings. That is my take. Good topic though.....I'll follow it as the answers come in.
Answer by rosetoes at 4:40 AM on Feb. 27, 2011
Answer by tootoobusy at 5:21 AM on Feb. 27, 2011
Answer by jenn4443 at 5:53 AM on Feb. 27, 2011
I remember back in the 70's they did the 'scared straight' program. It was used in many states following the documentary. A study done by Anthony Petrosino et al. (2002, updated 2003) showed it failed to detere crime, but might have actually contributed to more crime by the participants. The only true way to keep teens 'straight' is to have strong parents who aren't afraid to use coporal punishment when the kids are little training them at this time to be respectful and polite, don't allow talking back and rudeness adults, to take respsonsibility for action, don't run to their kids rescue just to keep them from suffering consequences, and most importantly - be good role models. Some kids will still falter, but most will learn the lessons and do what is expected. You can't expect a kid to act respectfully if you are laying on the couch drunk/stoned and unemp., fighting and cursing. These teens are reared by parents.
Answer by gwen20 at 9:22 AM on Feb. 27, 2011