|USA||2011||60 Min||Crime . Documentary . Reality . Reality-TV|
Beyond Scared Straight is a new series executive produced by Arnold Shapiro and based on his Academy Award and multiple Emmy-Winning documentary "Scared Straight!," that will profile unique approaches to juvenile crime prevention in prisons around the U.S. "Scared Straight!" has become an iconic name and a cultural phenomenon over the years. The film made a huge impact - 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. The power of the original "Scared Straight!" program has inspired dozens of inmate-run intervention programs in men's and women's prisons across the country; and this series will showcase several of them. Under the auspices of Arnold Shapiro, "Beyond Scared Straight" profiles the new appro...
Maury Povich? Eat your heart out.Entertainment Weekly Full Review
If Beyond is deficient in any respect, it's in the minimal follow-up....Still, that amounts to a quibble regarding a series that, unlike most of what passes for "reality TV," feels truly authentic--and sobering.Variety Full Review
Arnold's Beyond Scared Straight hews to the premise of the original and proves to be just as gripping.Boston Herald Full Review
You see no skepticism in Beyond. No analysis. No thinking. Just a lot of truly scary people yelling at very young kids.Newsday Full Review