The comment is from a Floyd County, Georgia prison guard in the “Beyond Scared Straight” series. A youth offender had said he had made a mistake. This one might have been one of the roughest in the entire series. The guards, and one in particular were enjoying the scenarios almost a bit too much. The inmates, while none were in the class of “six-nine” in South Carolina, were certainly tough enough. They had the prisoners take their shoes, blankets and other personal items.
I’m getting the impression the “Beyond Scared Straight” series is almost preparing these kids for the prison stays. They seem to go in with too much bravado. The television all-access allows the kids to know nothing serious is going to happen to them while they are there. The threat of staying overnight is unrealistic. Virtually anyone, especially those who believe they have nothing to look forward to in life can withstand a day of getting yelled at.
One of the kids, his mother didn’t even show up to talk to him. He had broken her nose twice.
After the visit, some people change; some of them do not. One kid who was getting good grades is playing football and was looking at a big time school. Another kid ended up going to jail. You can’t save everyone.