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Beyond Scared Straight: Chowchilla DVD

Beyond Scared Straight: Chowchilla DVD

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  • Format: DVD
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 46 Minutes
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Language: English
  • Closed Captioning: Yes
Chowchilla Women’s Prison, CA

Premiered: January 13, 2011

Season 1, Ep. 1

Much like the original version of “Scared Straight!,” these youthful offender programs put boys and girls of all ethnicities, ranging in age from 12-18, into intensive one-day in-prison sessions that show them the realities of life behind bars. However, in many dramatic ways, these 21st Century programs are very different from the original because today’s youth needs a different approach. For current teens, city streets are as dangerous as the life they believe exists behind bars. TV, film and music have glorified the gang and prison experience and “scaring” teens is a more complicated task. As a result, inmates have had to adapt their methods – making it more a combination of intimidation, information and compassion - and the results for the new program have proven to be equally as effective.

Each stand alone episode of “Beyond Scared Straight” will focus on a different prison program in the U.S., and will follow about a half-dozen at-risk teens and pre-teens. Viewers will follow them as they attend the program, experience their intensive one-day in-prison session and then follow up with them one-month later to see the lasting impressions the program has left on them.

In this episode, inmates at the Valley State Prison for Women try to keep five young girls from becoming convicts.

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